NTPC Current Affairs

NTPC to supply 300 MW electricity to Bangladesh

India’s biggest electricity producer NTPC Ltd has won tender to supply 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity to power-starved Bangladesh for 15 years. The tender was floated by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for supply of 500 MW power from India for short term (2018-2019) and long term ( 2020 2033).

Key Facts

The supply of 300MW to Bangladesh is part of India’s strategy of playing a key role in creating a new energy security architecture for its neighbours. It will help NTPC earn Rs.900 crore in annual revenue. It will help NTPC to keep pace with fast-changing power sector wherein absence of fresh demand for electricity is weighing down the entire power sector. India is currently exporting approximately 600 MW electricity to Bangladesh.

Significance

Fostering cross-border energy trade is an important part of India’s South Asia-focused neighbourhood-first policy. It also has been articulated in NITI Aayog’s draft national energy policy. India already has power grid links with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and is building power projects in three countries. It is also planning to develop power transmission links with Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

India has also been pursuing closer ties in energy sector with Bangladesh, helping markets to integrate. State-run Indian Oil Corp. is exploring long-term deals with Bangladeshi companies for supplying LPG and other petroleum products. Moreover, there is also plan to set up large LPG import terminal in partnership with local companies, allowing large vessels to arrive in Chittagong port of Bangladesh.

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NTPC installs India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant in Kerala

State-run NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) has installed India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala.

The 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) floating solar PV plant has been indigenously developed as a part of Union Government flagship ‘Make In India’ initiative.

Key Facts
  • It has been indigenously developed by NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance), R&D arm of NTPC, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai.
  • The system was installed by Chennai based Swelect Energy Systems Ltd with support from NETRA and NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days.
  • Floating solar PV systems are fast emerging as an alternative to conventional ground mounted PV systems which are land intensive. It can also be installed on saline water environment.
  • It has various benefits like conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased power generation due to cooling effect on the panels, reduced installation time etc.
  • Installation potential of such type of floating systems in India is huge because of abundance of water bodies.Particularly in Kerala this type of system has a great potential due to availability of water bodies and lack of presence of enough land.

About National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)

  • NTPC limited is a Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU), operational under the Ministry of Power. It is India’s largest power generator and accounts for 25% of total electricity generated in the country
  • It was established in 1975 by Union Government which now holds 70% of its equity shares as of May 2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2015).
  • Its headquarters are located in New Delhi. 

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