New Delhi: The government has asked state-run NTPC to apply for coal block for its proposed 4,000 MW thermal power plant in Telangana during the next round of allotment of mines.
“Requests for grant of long-term linkages for proposed 4,000 MW… NTPC TPP (thermal power plant) and 3 TPPs of 5,880 MW capacity being set up by Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Ltd (TSGENCO) in the state have been received,” Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
However, long term linkage/Letter of Assurance (LoA) have not been granted to any of the sectors since 2010 due to coal availability constraints, the minister said.
“In view of the above, NTPC has been advised to apply for allocation of coal block for proposed 4,000 MW thermal power plant in Telangana… During the next round of allotment of coal blocks,” he added.
With 18 coal-based power stations, NTPC is the largest thermal power generating company in the country. It has a coal-based installed capacity of 34,425 MW, according to NTPC’s website.