The 2,980 mw coal-based Sipat thermal power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Chhattisgarh has three units of 660 mw and two units of 500 mw, which are already operational.
As part of NTPC’s Western Region II, NTPC Sipat will ensure power supply to the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu as also Dadra & Nagar Haveli. NTPC will source the coal from Korba’s Dipka extension mines of SECL for the project at Sipat.
The fuel is transported through NTPC’s own rail transportation system. The water for the plant is sourced through a 16-km pipeline from the banks of the Hasdeo barrage canal, from Hardivishal village in the district.
NTPC-Sipat project has been set up in nascent vegetation. With a view to conserve the environment, the project has 275 meter high chimneys and higher efficiency static precipitators (ESPs). A 50-meter Green Belt is being developed around the projects. Saplings have already been planted in nearby villages, on both sides of state highway, and on the approach roads.
In addition to this, the Prime Minister was also scheduled to lay the foundation stone for 1,600 mw Stage-I of NTPC- Lara Super Thermal Power Project situated in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district. The project shall have two units of 800 mw in stage I with an ultimate installed capacity of 4000 mw. The estimated cost of this 1600 mw stage I of the project is around Rs 11,741 crore
As per the MoU signed between Chhattisgarh Government and the NTPC on July 12, 2009, Chhattisgarh will be getting 50 per cent of the generated power and the remaining 50 per cent will be shared by other states- Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman and Diu as also Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
Sipat thermal power plant of NTPC in Chhattisgarh was scheduled to dedicate to the nation by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 19.