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NTPC committed to go ahead with Bengal project
19 July, 2011
National Thermal Power Corp Ltd. (NTPC)
is committed to go ahead with the Katwa mega thermal project
in West Bengal for which land is yet to be acquired following
resistance from locals, an official said.
The state government earlier handed over the 1,600 MW Katwa
project in Burdwan district to NTPC after withdrawing it from
West Bengal Power Development Corp Ltd. (WBPDCL).
The WBPDCL had acquired 387 acres out of the 1,035 acres
needed for the project. The land takeover for the project was
delayed because of resistance from people facing displacement.
"The project will take place.
The balance land has to be acquired. Definitely we are
committed to the project. er of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI)
Whatever way the government wants, we
agree to do in that way," NTPC chairman Arup Roy Chowdhury
told reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised by
the Bengal National Chamb
Roy Chowdhury said for setting up a 1,600 MW plant, a minimum
of 1,000 acres of land will be needed.
"Earlier we required one acre land for generating one MW of
power, now we have improved this to 0.7 acre of land per MW.
In our design, the Katwa project needs a minimum 1,000 acres
of land," he said.
Roy Chowdhury said the power utility was now importing 10
percent of its total coal requirement.
"We are importing 12 million tonnes through STC (State Trading
Corporation), and four million tonnes on our own," he said.
He said the NTPC has advanced in the race to give final offer
for a stake in Australian coal miner Bandanna Energy Ltd.
"We have quite advanced in Bandanna mine bid in Australia. On
July 29, we have to give a firm bid for equity stake," he
The NTPC chief said the company has already submitted a
detailed project report (DPR) for setting up a power project
in Khulna in Bangladesh.
"We are going to set up a power project in Khulna in
Bangladesh. We have already made a DPR. We submitted the DPR
in March. There will be supercritical units with imported
coal. The Bangladesh government is tying up for coal linkages.
Once we know the coal strategy they have done, then only we
can say about the final cost (of the project)," he said.
"Probably a joint venture will be signed very soon. It will be
a 50:50 joint-venture with Bangladesh Power Development
Corporation," he said.