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Railways to set up captive power unit in W. Bengal with NTPC

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, October 30, 2010

The Ministry of Railways will set up a joint venture captive power plant at Adra in West Bengal to augment its internal power generation to meet its electricity requirements.

The Ministry will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard with the public sector NTPC Limited tomorrow.

An official press release said the plant would have a capacity of 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW of supercritical units).

At the same function tomorrow, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone for a Coach Mid-Life Rehabilitation (MLR) workshop.

This will be the second such factory in the Indian Railways after the first at Bhopal. Mid-life rehabilitation of coaches helps to breathe life into old coaches and helps to improve their residual service life and rejuvenate their interiors. It will also result in greater availability of coaches.

According to the release, the peak power requirement of Railways at present is about 3500 MW and is likely to go upto 4500 MW by the end of XII Five Year Plan period (2012-17).

The Railways draw their power from state distribution utilities. Their own captive power plants wil help to provide power in a more reliable, cost effective, uninterrupted and economical manner, the release said.

The electricity generated by Railways’ own plants will turn out to be cheaper than the power provided by state electricity boards to Railways, it said.

The Railways and NTPC are already setting up a 1000 MW thermal power plant at Nabinagar in Bihar. The Railways have also made operational a 10.5 MW wind energy plant at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, the release added.