NTPC plans 6.25GW of new power projects in Andhra Pradesh, India

11 January 2016 (Last Updated January 11th, 2016 18:30)

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) intends to develop power projects totalling 6.25GW of capacity in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) intends to develop power projects totalling 6.25GW of capacity in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The move will include construction of a 4GW coal-fired thermal plant at Puttaparthi in the state and another 2.25GW solar power plant.

The state-owned energy conglomerate’s initiative to set up the solar plant is in line with the country’s commitment to install 100GW of solar by 2022.

It follows the nation’s $1trn global solar tie-up announced in December.

"The progress of Andhra Pradesh is evident from the fact that this newly formed state could overcome a huge power crisis and become a power surplus state today."

Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced about the planned projects at at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s annual partnership summit.

Goyal said: "The progress of Andhra Pradesh is evident from the fact that this newly formed state could overcome a huge power crisis and become a power surplus state today."

In November, NTPC had also picked SunEdison for developing ten solar farms totalling 500MW of capacity in Andhra Pradesh.

India is expected to announce bids for three to four ultra mega power projects (UMPP) in the 4,000MW class in the next few months, reports Indo-Asian News Service.

The country might also be rolling out a launch of a coal linkage policy for the power sector within three months, Goyal added

In April, NTPC announced plans to 5,000MW of solar power capacity in India over the following two years.

The initiative was in line with the energy giant’s strategy of installing 15,000MW of solar capacity in the coming seven years, it said.