Power generation resumes at NTPC
The Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation at Kayamkulam has resumed power generation after a gap of six months after the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has given orders for electricity. The naphtha-based unit is generating 150 MW daily for the KSEB at Rs.7.27 a unit. The rates have been fixed on the basis of the price of naphtha. The naphtha stored at the unit is utilised. The stock will last for about 20 more days. About 20,000 kilolitres of naphtha was available at the unit. Each day’s production required about 900 kilolitres of the fuel, NTPC sources said. If there is sustained demand from the KSEB, the NTPC would have to get fresh stock of naphtha. The market price of naphtha had come down in view of the reduced oil prices in the global market. It would reflect in the cost of production and electricity could be sold to the KSEB at lesser prices. Long-term orders for power generation would result in cost advantage and electricity could be given at Rs.6 a unit or even less.