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Stuck NTPC Talcher thermal project losing relevance amid muted demand

NTPC had issued a tender for the main plant package, comprising supply and installation of two units of 660 Mw at the Stage-III Talcher project

NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh  Photo courtesy: www.ntpc.co.in
NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh Photo courtesy: www.ntpc.co.in

NTPC’s Talcher project in Odisha, where bidding for a boiler turbine generator (BTG) contract was conducted way back in July 2018 with BHEL as sole bidder, is a classic case of how thermal projects have lost steam in the country. It is not just that the Odisha government delayed environment clearance, which finally came less than a year back. Even the unwillingness in taking a decision on the BHEL bid has worked in favour of the country’s largest power producer that is pulling itself out of coal-based generation.