Power generation firm NTPC has laid the foundation stone for the 2,640MW Bundelkhand super thermal power project in the Madhya Pradesh state of India.
To be located at Barethi in the Chattarpur district, the power plant will have four units of 660MW each. It is envisaged to be commissioned in the 13th Five Year plan. NTPC will supply 50% of the generated power at the project to Madhya Pradesh.
The project, which will require around 2,841 acres of land, is estimated to cost approximately INR180bn ($2.9bn). It will receive coal from the Banai coal block and water from the proposed Majhgaon dam and Shyamari project, for which land acquisition is in progress.
Incorporating environmentally friendly super critical technology, the project is anticipated to contribute significantly to the economic and social development of the region.
Currently, NTPC meets around 24% of the total power requirement of Madhya Pradesh allocated from its various thermal power stations.
With the new Bundelkhand project, NTPC has more than 4,500MW under development in Madhya Pradesh. These projects include the 50MW solar power project at Rajgarh, 1,600MW Gadarwara super thermal power project in Narsinghpur district and the 500MW project under construction at Vindhyachal.
In February 2014, NTPC announced that it will develop a 1,320MW thermal power project at Kajra in Lakhisarai district of Bihar.
The Kajra thermal project will have two units of 660MW each. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bihar State Power Generation Company and Lakhisarai Bijlee Company for the project.