NTPC strives to be a cost conscious organization

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NEW DELHI– India’s largest power producer, NTPC Ltd, is struggling to increase fuel supply to mine power plants to reduce power generation costs. In order to make NTPC a more cost-conscious organization and make power generation more affordable and sustainable, NTPC Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant (STPP) has signed a pact with NTPC Dulanga Coal Mines (DLCMP) in the state of ‘Odisha for captive coal supply.

As a cost conscious organization, NTPC Ltd. uses all its internal means to reduce the cost of electricity.

The cost structure of coal across India is high, a huge proportion of coal costs comes from high transportation charges due to unavailability of coal locally.

Power plants depend on external entities for road and rail transportation to evacuate coal from mines.

NTPC adopts various initiatives for coal supply at minimized cost to make the ecosystem more affordable and sustainable.

In its effort to provide continuous electricity at an affordable cost across the country, the Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant will source the majority of coal from Dulanga Coal Mines (DLCMP). This will reduce Darlipali STPP’s dependence on external sources for regular charcoal supply.

The pact has contributed significantly to reducing the cost of coal. The proximity of the mine to the power plant also contributed to reducing the fuel supply, providing an example of a minehead power plant producing a lower energy cost.

Additionally, the operating cost of energy can be significantly reduced if the coal delivered to power plants is smaller in size.

Dulanga Coal Mines currently uses surface miners to produce coal with a size of -100 mm, which not only saves time during unloading, but also reduces the number of resources required for crushing and eliminates drilling and blasting.

NTPC Darlipali is one of the newest members of the company and was established in 2014. The power station falls under Eastern Region – II and operates at an installed capacity of 1,600 MW.

Alongside the Darlipali super thermal power project, NTPC operates Dulanga Coal Mines, the company’s first captive coal mine in Odisha located in Sundergarh district, with the ambition to provide continuous power to its customers at reliable costs.

This initiative by NTPC has helped to significantly reduce the cost of coal, making it the best example of a lower energy cost mine-head power plant.

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