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Power’ful Achievement

The Talcher Super Thermal Power Station has put NTPC one step ahead in its endeavour to provide quality power in increasingly larger quantities to the nation. The stage II of this plant won the ‘Essar Steel Infrastructure Excellence Award’ in the energy and power category. We find out more.

India is a power hungry economy. All our industries are invariably dependent on the power sector. Although the power sector is working overtime to meet the growing demands of an economy on the fast track, it is estimated that the average power shortage faced by the nation is around 8-9%.

The power sector remains critical for the government with reforms in this sector getting a priority.

While there are several challenges in this industry, it is all the more important to acknowledge its remarkable endeavours towards powering our country’s economic development.

That is exactly why National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Talcher Super Thermal Power Station (Stage II) was selected for the ‘Energy & Power category of the Essar Steel Infrastructure Excellence Awards.

The Project
The Talcher Super Thermal Power Station of NTPC Ltd has today carved a distinct place on the power map of India. With an installed capacity of 3000 MW, it is NTPC’s largest project.

Situated in the state of Orissa 30 km north of Talcher town (near the Kaniha block), the project is surrounded by verdant forests that are dotted with tiny hamlets.

Being the country’s first 3000 MW station, the Talcher station heralds a bright future for the people of Orissa with the promise of providing quality power to its beneficiaries and its stake holders.

Also known as the NTPC-Kaniha station, it is the second largest pithead thermal power station in India having the uniqueness of supplying power to all corners of the country.

The plant has the lowest Man-MW ratio of 0.37 in NTPC which is at par with international standards. Moreover, it is an ISO-9001:2000, EMS-14001:2004 and OHSAS-18001: 2000 certified power station.

The Talcher station is NTPC’s tenth and eastern India’s third project. Its foundation stone was laid on June 2, 1989 by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The station was completed in two stages, Stage I – 500 x 2 = 1000 MW, Stage II – 500 x 4 = 2000 MW. It was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 28, 2006.

Ahead on the technology front
NTPC Talcher Super Thermal Power Station’s technology is fully automated keeping in tune with the new technologically advanced power stations of the country. At this power station, NTPC introduced sophisticated technologies, several of them unique and used for the first time in the country. For example, the boiler installed in the Stage I is the first of its kind among the 500 MW series in the country.

Among the other noteworthy examples, the distribution digital control and monitoring information system have been adopted to facilitate diagnostic analysis and for self monitoring to detect system failures.

Various advanced systems and devices like the vibration isolation systems using helical spring dampers for turbines, turbo generators, BFP crushers, ID&PA fans have been provided at this station.


RS Sharma, CMD-NTPC Ltd, who likens running a business entity to running in a marathon says: “In order to win a marathon we have to sustain our speed and energy and continue to stay ahead of others with the aim to reach the target ahead of others.”

He is obviously very proud of the Talcher project, about which he says: “Being eastern India’s model project and the largest project in ER-II, Talcher Kaniha has today carved a niche in our company and as well as in the emerging power scenario as a whole.

With the company foraying into new dimensions of power generation our responsibility to our stakeholders, neighbours and society is very high and we are assiduously working in providing quality power at the lowest possible rates to our beneficiaries.”

The colour is ‘Green’
The NTPC Talcher Super Thermal Power Station totally adheres and complies with the required environmental norms and operational parameters with better operational efficiency based on a technology that’s green and clean.

Ash generated as a by-product from the plant is also being used for brick manufacturing. During 2007-08, 11,702,400 bricks were manufactured, while the plant manufactured 79,55,560 bricks in the year 2008-09.

Scraps (ferrous and non-ferrous) produced due to the construction and operation activities at the station are disposed through the Metal Scrap Trading Corporation Ltd. The main raw materials in the plant’s operation are, of course, coal and oil.

While the coal comes from the mine end through the MGR system (by railways), waste oils generated are disposed through authorised vendors. Incidentally, no significant spills have been reported during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at the station.

Brightening lives
Rightly named ‘Deepshikha’, the NTPC Township in Talcher is like a mini India. Located adjacent to the plant, it is equipped with all modern facilities like hospital, schools, recreation centres, executive clubs, playgrounds, shopping complex, auditorium, restaurants, eating joints, parks, hostels, guest houses, bank with ATM, post office, etc.

This makes Deepshikha a truly integrated township. Residents of the townships are also involved in various cultural and social activities. For example, during the super cyclone of Orissa in 1999, a team of employees stayed in the worst affected district doing relief work for a month.

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