Indian government ups target for state power company

14 November 2002 – The Indian government yesterday asked the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation [NTPC] to increase its quota of contribution to 25 000-30 000 MW in the next ten years, up from the earlier target of 20,000 MW.

The request is us aimed at achieving an overall target of adding 100 000 MW power generation capacity by 2012,

“We are persuading NTPC to add between 25 000 to 30 000 MW,” R.V. Shahi, Union Power Secretary, said. In the 10th five plan (2002-2007), the Federal Ministry of Power has been asking NTPC to add 12 000 MW instead of 9 500 MW as decided by NTPC, Shahi said, adding that a final decision on this matter would be taken soon.

Separately, the Delhi state government-run power transmission company (Transco) has planned to upgrade the electricity transmission network by 800 MVA.

Transco will soon install new transformation lines and transformers to carry power from the generating units to the distribution network that takes power to consumer households. According to senior Transco officials, the capacity of the existing transmission network will be upgraded by about 800 MVA.

At a review meeting on power situation on Tuesday, Transco officials told Delhi state chief minister Sheila Dikshit that the upgraded transmission system will be in place by next summer.

The Transco suffers from significant transmission losses. Transco officials claimed that by next summer eight 100 to 500 MVA transformers and associated substations will be put in place.

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