February 24, 2024
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NLC India awards BHEL contract for 2,400 MW thermal power project in Odisha

On January 12, NLC India Ltd (NLCIL) announced that it has awarded Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a significant thermal power project in Odisha. This greenfield project, with a capacity of 2,400 MW, marks a significant advancement in power generation, utilizing ultra super-critical technology.

The EPC contract encompasses the engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, and commissioning of essential equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, and auxiliary systems for the 3 x 800 MW Thermal Power Project in Jharsuguda District, Odisha. The entire power output of 2,400 MW has already been secured through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the states of Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Kerala, and Puducherry. Coal for the project is sourced from NLC India Ltd’s 20 MTPA Talabira II & II OCP mines in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur Districts of Odisha, operational since 2020.

To adhere to strict environmental guidelines, the project will incorporate advanced pollution control technologies such as Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). Additionally, the boilers are designed for biomass co-firing in alignment with green initiatives outlined by the Ministry of Power. The project will draw water from the Hirakud Reservoir, and power will be efficiently evacuated through the Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) and State Transmission Utility (STU) Network.

The first unit of the project is scheduled for commissioning in the fiscal year 2028-29, aligning with NLC India’s commitment to sustainable practices and green energy initiatives. As a pithead thermal project, it is expected to provide competitive variable costs, reinforcing NLC India’s role in delivering cost-effective power. On the BSE, shares of NLC India Ltd closed at ₹232.55, down by ₹4.30 or 1.82%.

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