Vijayawada: Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station here will start works of the proposed 800 megawatt super critical unit by July-end as the Expert Appraisal Committee on Environmental Impact Assessment of Thermal Power gave its nod to the plant with some minor conditions. At present, the NTTPS is producing 1760 mw of power.

Speaking to The Hans India, the proposed 800 mw unit’s construction and training institute chief engineer M Padma Sujatha said as the capital region is expected to witness rapid industrial growth, the new plant which will be built in four years at a cost of Rs 5,200 crore, would meet the future demand of the State.

She said tendering for the project on EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) mode would be completed by July and the works are likely to begin by the end of July. She said over 85 acres of land that is needed for the new unit was available on the premises of existing thermal station.

The Expert Appraisal Committee, which in a meeting in April in New Delhi accorded permission to the plant, recommended the phase out of Units I and II, commissioned in 1979 and 1980 at the earliest as they are closer to the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh which will have adverse effect on the environment due to their outdated technology. 

The two units are scheduled to run out of their course in 2030 but the experts’ panel wanted them to be phased out much early. After the submission of details by the management on repair and maintenence works, the committee made it clear that sulphur and ash content of coal shall not exceed 0.8 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.