Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal power station (Dr. NTTPS), formerly Vijayawada Thermal Power Station, is a 1760-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Andhra Pradesh. An 800 MW expansion is being developed at the same location.


The undated satellite photo below shows Units 1-6 of the power station to the northwest, Unit 7 (built in 2009) to the northeast, and the construction site of Unit 8 to the south.

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The 1,760 MW plant is operated by Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO). The plant consists of 7 units, commissioned as follows:[1]

  • Unit 1 - 210 MW - 1979
  • Unit 2 - 210 MW - 1980
  • Unit 3 - 210 MW - 1989
  • Unit 4 - 210 MW - 1990
  • Unit 5 - 210 MW - 1994
  • Unit 6 - 210 MW - 1995
  • Unit 7 - 500 MW - 2009

Protests close plant

In October 2013 parts of Andhra Pradesh were blacked out after employees of the Vijaywada Thermal Power Station, who were protesting the division of the state, shut six out of the seven units at the plant.[2]

Proposed 800 MW expansion

According to a January 2012 report posted on the website Industry Monitor, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to make use of vacant space at three existing power plants in order to build an additional 2,400 MW of capacity. The three plants are Vijayawada station, the Krishnapatnam power station, and the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station. At the Vijayawada station, the government proposes an 800 MW expansion on 50 acres of wasteland adjacent to the current site.[3]

The expansion was permitted in 2015, and construction was planned to begin in July 2015. APGENCO said the new plant will be built in four years at a cost of Rs 5,200 crore.[4] As of May 2016 there are no news that construction has begun. In July 2016 the Hindu reported that construction would begin soon.[5] The engineering, construction, and procurement contract was awarded to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which is an Indian government-owned engineering and manufacturing enterprise based in New Delhi, India.[6]

The March 2017 Broad Status states engineering work on the unit was under way.[7] Boiler erection started on May 22, 2017.[8]

According to The Hindu in 2018, construction was being expedited.[9]

As of May 2022, the unit was expected in 2022.[10]

Opposition to expansion

According to media reports, residents of Guntupalli, Kethanakonda, Kotikalapudi and other villages near the plant site have resolved to oppose the project. Residents charge that the existing plant has damaged more than 5,000 acres of crops. Residents were preparing to air their grievances at a January 2014 public hearing residents.[11][12]

800 MW Expansion Project Details

Sponsor: Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO)
Location: Ibrahimpatnam village, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates: Units 1-6: 16.5984901,80.5365853 (exact); Unit 7: 16.5974761,80.5425693 (exact); expansion: 16.5913364, 80.5376528 (exact)
Status: Construction
Nameplate capacity: 800 MW
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2022[13] Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, Sep 26, 2012

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