The Neyveli Lignite Corporation, a Navratna public sector undertaking, has set an ambitious target of augmenting its aggregate power generation to 11,206 MW by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, said B. Surender Mohan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NLC.
It has also embarked upon harnessing renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar energy as part of its endeavour to feed more electricity into the power grid. Mr. Mohan was delivering a speech at the Republic Day parade held on the NLC premises here. In pursuit of its goal, he said, the NLC would have to aggressively implement its ongoing and new projects besides increasing the optimum utilisation of the existing capacity. He stated that the Thermal Power Station — II Expansion project (2x250 MW) the first unit would be commissioned by January-end and the second unit by February.
Owing to the delay in obtaining clearance from the Forest Department, the scheduled date for commissioning of the 2 x 500- MW NTPL project had been postponed and it was likely to go on stream by March.
For establishing the fuel linkage for the NTPL project the NLC had proposed to acquire coal block abroad. In this connection offers had been received from Mozambique, Australia and Indonesia and these were being evaluated.
The Chairman further stated that overcoming various inhibiting factors the NLC had notched a profit of Rs 1,501.88 crore in 2013-2014.
Making a candid observation about the status of affairs Mr. Mohan said that the NLC had registered a negative growth of 7 per cent and 2 per cent in lignite production and power generation respectively in the past three quarters (when compared to its performance for the corresponding period in the previous fiscal). Such a dip in production had occurred owing to certain issues relating to mining operation, excessive rainfall and 52-long strike by the contract workmen.
However, to offset the shortfall the NLC had put in place a "catch-up plan" and hoped that with concerted efforts of the staff and contract workmen the company would achieve the target in the remaining part of the financial year.
To ensure transparency in its functioning the NLC had been leveraging the communication technology by introducing the Online Integrated Material Management System, e-procurement, e-auction and e-payment systems, online registration of job applications and the recent file tracking system.
Mr. Mohan further said that the NLC had set aside a sum of Rs 52.5 crore for the Swacch Vidyalaya programme from the budgetary allocation under the head of Corporate Social Responsibility for construction of toilets in government schools in 27 districts in the States of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
On the occasion, the Chairman honoured the senior most employee K.Balasubramanian and his spouse B.Sivagami. NLC Directors S.K.Acharya, S.Rajagopal, S.Boopathy and Subir Das and Chief Vigilance Officer Sivaraj Singh participated.
source- The Hindu