BHUBANESWAR: Power producer NTPC, which targets to add 14,000 MW generation capacity by 2016-17, today sought concrete steps for enhancing coal mining activities to meet soaring fuel needs for electricity production.
"Our target is to add 14000 mw power generation capacity during the 12th plan and we have already created additional generating capacity of about 4,000 mw in the first year," NTPCBSE 0.31 % CMD Arup Roy Choudhury told reporters here.
Now about 10,000 mw of additional power generating capacity needs to be put in place during the 12th plan period, he said adding "I am optimistic that NTPC will comfortably achieve the target and also exceed it."
However, it would be tough to achieve smooth success if the issue of fuel requirement of a large number of thermal power plants were not properly addressed, he said.
Stating that NTPC already has five coal mines and was getting four more mines, the CMD said the company's coal producing capacity would increase up to 100 mtpa.
"But our requirement of coal is also set to increase up to about 240 mtpa in view of a large number of major projects already being taken up," Roy Choudhury said, stressing that without Coal India Ltd (CIL) supplementing the coal demand, it would be difficult to meet future needs.
Advocating for concrete steps to increase coal mining activities, he said Indian coal were not exportable as the ash content was around 50 per cent. "Therefore, we must mine the coal for generation of electricity and other activities. As far as NTPC is concerned, we are geared up to add capacity."
The NTPC CMD pointed out that India has largest coal reserve, but a limited volume is being mined at present which needs to be enhanced substantially.
Referring to the Navaratna company's performance during the 11th five-year plan, Roy Choudhury said NTPC had surpassed the target of adding 9,200 mw new power generation capacity by creating 9,600 mw additional capacity.