Rae Bareli, 02 April: The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited’s (NTPC) Unchahar Project has created a new record by generating 12% more power than the MoU target. With this, 14.20 million units of electricity were generated by the unit’s solar plant, which is higher than before.
This spectacular performance by NTPC’s Unchahar unit in the financial year 2020-21 is considered to be the main reason for the modern maintenance of the plant and the use of technical efficiency in its operation.
It is noteworthy that the foundation of Unchahar’s first unit was laid four decades ago and it was acquired by NTPC on February 13 1992. In the last financial year, all Unhahar’s unit plants registered PLF of 53 per cent with an availability factor of 91.68 per cent. Unchahar generated 7156.78 million units in FY21, 12 per cent higher than the MOU target. Unchahar project generated 14.20 million units from its solar plant.
For the first time by the project, the recovery of NTPC energy bills from DISCOMS in the financial year 2021 is one lakh crore rupees and the dues are 100%.
In the midst of the Covid pandemic where there was silence everywhere but NTPC Unchahar used more than 100% of its capital expenditure with the strategy of “Don’t stop, we won’t stop.”
Meaningful use of ash
The Unchahar project has made it worth 166% of its ash utilization and is being used in other big projects including Purvanchal Expressway, Allahabad-Lucknow Highway, Lucknow-Varanasi Highway. Along with this, many efforts were made for the correct use and benefit of the ash for the farmers. The farmers were made aware and motivated for other necessary uses.
Hands extended during Covid pandemic
Realizing its responsibilities at Covid, the project extended its hand for cooperation and discharged many social responsibilities. Unchahar was awarded 2 gold medals by the Public Relations Society due to social work done during Covid.
Emphasis on alternative energy with environmental protection
NTPC Group’s total installed capacity increased 5.96 per cent to 65810 MW in FY21 with a capacity addition of 4160 MW. On an autonomous basis, NTPC capacity increased by 4.03 per cent to 52385 MW. Along with power generation, NTPC has also worked in various new business areas such as e-mobility, waste-to-energy and participated in auctions for distribution of power to Union Territories.
The NTPC is actively exploring green hydrogen solutions and captive industries in its plant premises. NTPC Group has 70 power stations including 26 renewable projects. The group has a capacity of 18 GW under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects.
The uninterrupted supply of electricity through environmentally friendly energy projects at affordable prices has been the hallmark of NTPC. NTPC strives to achieve the highest reliability and efficiency while keeping safety and environmental issues at the top.
Along with transitioning from fossil to carbon free energy, NTPC is also pursuing a strategy to increase trade and market share. With the global shift in energy space globally and increase in ‘Responsible Investment’, NTPC is emphasizing ESG and focusing on renewable energy for future growth while improving environmental sustainability parameters.
NTPC generates record power in FY 2021
The NTPC Group recorded its highest ever generation of 314 billion units of electricity in FY21, an increase of 8.2% over the previous year. On an autonomous basis, NTPC units generated 270.9 billion units in FY21, an increase of 4.3 per cent over the previous year. NTPC Group recorded the highest ever single day power generation of 1192.42 MU (Group) and 990.65 MU (NTPC). Coal plants recorded a PLF of 66 per cent with an avidity factor of 91.43 per cent.