NTPC is establishing 4x1,000 MW imported coal-based thermal power plant in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, which will come up at an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. Approximately Rs 5 crore outlay is needed for generation of one megawatt thermal power.
     
"The Environmental Impact Assessment studies are in progress and expected to complete by May. The project work is likely to commence from September," a senior NTPC official official said.
     
In a statement, the country's largest thermal power producer said, "Tenders are already invited for the main plant equipment and NTPC is taking up this project on fast track mode."
     
NTPC is executing 1,000 MW coal based units with supercritical technology, thereby the efficiency will be at the maximum and emissions are reduced drastically.
    
The power plant requires 13.7 million tonnes coal per annum to achieve 90 percent plant load factor, NTPC said.
    
The Expert Appraisal Committee under the Ministry of Environment and Forests has already issued terms of reference for conducting EIA study in respect of this project, it added.
     
The current installed power capacity of Andhra Pradesh is 18531.07 MW, as per latest official data.

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