Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal power station
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Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal power station is an operating power station of at least 1760-megawatts (MW) in Ibrahimpatnam, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, India with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating. It is also known as Vijayawada Thermal Power Station.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal power station||Ibrahimpatnam, Ibrahimpatnam, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, India||16.5913364, 80.5376528 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit 8: 16.5913364, 80.5376528
- Unit 3, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 6, Unit 4, Unit 5: 16.5984901, 80.5365853
- Unit 7: 16.5974761, 80.5425693
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit 8||construction||coal - unknown||800||supercritical||2023||–|
|Unit 3||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1989||–|
|Unit 1||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1979||–|
|Unit 2||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1980||–|
|Unit 6||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1995||–|
|Unit 4||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1990||–|
|Unit 7||operating||coal - bituminous||500||subcritical||2009||–|
|Unit 5||operating||coal - bituminous||210||subcritical||1994||–|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 8||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 3||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 1||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 2||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 6||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 4||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 7||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
|Unit 5||Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co Ltd (APPDCL) [100.0%]|
Project-level coal details
- Permit(s): Terms of Reference: 2012-09-26
- 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.
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.
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. As of May 2016 there are no news that construction has begun. In July 2016 the Hindu reported that construction would begin soon. 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.
According to The Hindu in 2018, construction was being expedited.
In May 2023, the unit's construction was reportedly 86% complete, and was expected to be commissioned in July 2023. The June 2023 Broad Status report provided an updated expected COD of October 2023, with trials expected to run in September 2023.
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.
Articles and Resources
- "Our Power Plants: Vijayawada Thermal Power Station," APGENCO website, accessed January 2012
- Ajith Vijay Kumar/Hemant Abhishek, "Telangana row: Congress firm on decision, Chandrababu Naidu to go on indefinite fast," ZNews, October 4, 2013
- "AP to increase capacity in 3 power plants," Industry Monitor, posted January 22, 2012
- "NTTPS to start 800 mw project works by July," Hans India, June 13, 2015
- "Genco aims 2, 200 MW capacity addition," The Hindu, Feb 27, 2016
- BHEL commissions 520 MW thermal power unit in Andhra Pradesh, Financial Express, June 1, 2016
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2017
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, November 2017
- "800 MW unit of NTTPS likely to be commissioned early 2019," The Hindu, Jan 26, 2018
- “Broad Status Report of Under Construction Thermal Power Projects,” Central Electricity Authority, May 2022
- “Broad Status Report of Under Construction Thermal Power Projects,” India Central Electricity Authority, November 2022
- Broad Status Report of Under Construction Thermal Power Projects, Central Electricity Authority, Government of India, May 2023
- Broad Status Report of Under Construction Thermal Power Projects (June, 2023) Central Electricity Authority, Government of Inida, June 2023
- V. Raghavendra, "Public hearing on NTTPS expansion project tomorrow," The Hindu, January 9, 2014
- "NTTPS expansion not a smooth affair," Deccan Chronicle, Sep 20, 2014
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