“NTPC has approached the government seeking special consideration for utilisation of surplus quantity of coal from its Badarpur thermal power station to Vidhyanchal-V (unit 13) under the new policy of ‘flexible utilisation of domestic coal’ till its captive block becomes operational,” a source privy to the development said.
According to the source, there is surplus coal at Badarpur thermal power station as some of its units are not functioning.
A call on the request may be taken after receipt of recommendation from the Ministry of Power, the source said.
The Cabinet in May allowed flexibility in utilisation of domestic coal for reducing the cost of power generation.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that the relaxed norms for utilisation of domestic coal could result in bringing down the cost of power generation by 40 to 50 paise per unit. In the next four to five years, it could lead to savings of Rs 25,000-30,000 crore per year.
The Vindhyachal super thermal power station is located at Vindhyanagar in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh while the Badarpur thermal power plant is in Delhi.