Power major NTPC is planning to set up a 800-Mega watt (Mw) advanced ultra super critical plant, which will be first in the country. The plan is part of the newly-launched 9th Mission of the National Action Plan for Climate Change.
“Initially we had only eight missions for the National Action Plan, now we have added one more, which will be producing power based on clean energy,” said R Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Government of India. He was speaking on the sidelines of 4th Edition of Automotive R&D Trends 2015, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here.
Chidambaram said while the material would be checked and developed by Midhani and IGCA, BHEL would manufacture the equipment.
Besides, NPTC is planning to set up an integrated coal gasification combined cycle power plant (ICGCC). A group of companies including L&T has also shown interest in setting up the plant, he said. The first ICGCC plant will come up at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
On the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, Chidambaram said, “it is an important project both for the country and state as 900 Mw of power produced from this plant can cater to four million people.” Tamil Nadu is facing power shortage of 3,000-4,000 Mw.
Asked about the concerns raised by the agitators, he said, “it is just a temporary blip. Take the UK as an example. A recent poll shows pro-nuclear after Fukushima in the same country people were against nuclear. In India, itself Tarapur, which was once a fishing village is now well developed because of the nuclear power plant operating there.”