|NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh|
across the country," NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh said while addressing the company AGM on September 20.
Singh said, "This (24 GW) includes 4,050 MW being undertaken by joint venture and subsidiary companies. This translates into a capex of about Rs 1,60,000 crore."
The installed capacity of the NTPC group stands at 47,228 MW, which includes 800 MW of hydro and 360 MW of solar generation capacity.
The company has planned an all-time high stand-alone capex of Rs 25,960 crore exceeding the MoU target of 23,000 crore (with the power ministry) and the NTPC group capex stood at Rs 32,091 crore last fiscal.
Singh is of the view that the national trends suggest a promising future for NTPC despite the overall atmosphere of uncertainty in the global business scenario.
"India is the fastest growing major economy in the world with a huge potential appetite for power consumption... on September 9, 2016, actual energy demand met in India was all-time highest at 3,539 MU and NTPC (with group entities) contributed 866 MU (million units)," he said.
NTPC has commissioned 10,125 MW in the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) so far and aims to commission around 4,500 MW more during 2016-17.
The CMD also said that under UDAY scheme for revival of debt-laden discoms, bonds worth about Rs 1.66 lakh crore have been issued, relieving the balance sheets of state utilities and thereby enabling higher capacity utilisation by generators.
He further informed shareholders that with about 7 billion metric tonnes of geological reserves estimated at its 10 coal blocks, NTPC expects to produce about 107 million tonnes of coal per annum.
He also told that the mining operations have commenced in Pakri Barwadih and the company has progressed well in other coal blocks too. The PSU has moved forward on coal freight rationalisation, thereby reducing coal transportation cost. With improved domestic coal supplies, NTPC has been able to minimise import of coal. With these steps, it has been able to reduce the tariff by 14 paise (4.3%) in the first quarter of 2016-17 from a year ago.