State-run thermal power generation company NTPC Tuesday commissioned its new 660 MW supercritical power unit, which it says is more efficient and environment friendly, at its Sipat plant in Chhattisgarh.
"First supercritical 660 MW unit of NTPC has been commissioned today at Sipat in Chhattisgarh. With this, NTPC's installed capacity has risen to 34,854 mw," the company said in a statement.
According to the statement, the country's largest thermal power producer would focus on commissioning more of supercritical technology-run power units under its low carbon growth strategy.
"These supercritical units will achieve much higher generation efficiency and are critical components of NTPC's low carbon growth strategy," the statement said.
Earlier, the company had floated tenders for nine units of 660 MW and 800 MW each for its upcoming projects in 12th Five Year Plan.
The new unit of the Sipat power plant is located 22 km from Bilaspur city in southern Chhattisgarh and has a planned installed capacity of 2,980 MW on completion of stages-I and II.
"The beneficiaries of the project are western region states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli," the company said.
Currently, the total operational capacity of Sipat plant stands at 1,660 MW.