NTPC has played an extremely important role in turning around sub-optimally performing stations. The phenomenal improvement in the performance of Badarpur, Unchahar, Talcher and Tanda by NTPC make them our big success stories.
The expertise in R&M and performance turnaround was developed and built up by NTPC with the operational turnaround of Badarpur TPS through scientifically engineered R&M initiatives. The PLF of the power station improved from 31.94% at the time of the takeover to 86.46% for the year 2007-08.
The Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Power Station was taken over by NTPC whereby the cash strapped UPSEB was rescued by the turnaround expertise of NTPC.
The remarkable speed and extent of the turnaround achieved can be seen in the table.
An even more challenging turnaround story was being scripted at the OSEB's old power plant at Talcher. Taken over in June 1995, the table indicates the dramatic gains in the performance of the power plant as a result of NTPC’s expertise.
Tanda Thermal Power Station was taken over by NTPC on the 15 January 2000.The PLF of the power station improved from 21.59% at the time of the takeover to 91.66% for the year 2007-08.
While NTPC bettered PPA commitments, from the viewpoint of capital requirements, turning around such old units is a low cost, high and quick return option. This unprecedented success helped the concerned SEBs and the entire nation in terms of economy and power availability.