NTPC Set to Retire 25 Power Generating Units

Thermal power generating giant NTPC is likely to retire 25 power generating units, totalling 2,390 Mw. The units, part of several plants such as Badarpur, Tanda, Talcher, Kanti and SAIL JV, etc, would soon turn older than 25 years and can’t be retrofitted to meet new emission norms. Out of the 25, 15 units are fully owned by NTPC and the rest are in joint venture, with states. In a presentation to its investors, NTPC said it has initiated emission mitigating work at 134 units, totalling 62,540 Mw. Emission mitigating work has also been initiated at JV plants. The govt has revised emission standards for the thermal power sector climate change goals. The regulation covers all power plants of NTPC. NTPC has earmarked close to Rs 20,000 crore of capital expenditure to meet the new emission norms. NTPC officials said the cost of power production would increase by Rs 50 lakh per Mw. The current cost of power production is Rs 5 crore per Mw. This roughly translates into a 50-60 paisa increase in the final customer tariff.