<p>The foundation stone for the first stage of state-run NTPC's 4,000 MW Kudgi super thermal power project in Karnataka will be laid tomorrow.
Stage I would have three units, each having a capacity of 800 MW.
A company official said the foundation stone would be laid by Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday. Kudgi project is located in the Bijapur district.
The Kudgi plant would be the first ultra mega power project to be set up by NTPC in Karnataka, the official said.
Power generated from Jig project would be mainly supplied to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Stage I of the project is estimated to cost more than Rs 15,160 crore.
Stage II would have two units of 800 MW capacity each.
The project would be utilising high efficiency technologies such as super critical boilers.
Union Minister of Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily, Union Minster of State for Power K C Venugopal and Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadanand Gowda, among others, are expected to be present at the foundation stone laying function, the official noted.
According to the official, NTPC would tomorrow also start main plant civil works of the 1,320 MW Solapur super thermal power project in Maharashtra.
Presently, NTPC has an installed generation capacity of 38,014 MW, that includes 16 coal-fired plants. The power producer expects to have 1,28,000 MW capacity by 2032.