NTPC plans to increase its generation capacity to 36,000 MW by March next year. The company also plans to invest about Rs 3,300 crore to expand the capacity of its existing coal based plant at Sipat. The first super critical unit for the company, with a capacity of 660 MW, has been commissioned at the plant.The other two supercritical units of 660 MW each would be commissioned by March 2012.
NTPC said that super critical units can increase the efficiency of the plant by about two percent which can result in lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
NTPC may also set up another supercritical 660 MW unit at Sipat in the future.Of the total envisaged capacity of 2,980 MW, the current operational capacity of the Sipat plant stands at 1,000 MW. NTPC's two 500 MW units are already operational.