NLC drops Sirkali power project

NLC India Ltd (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation) has decided to drop its proposed 4,000 MW coal-based power plant at Sirkali, Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to BusinessLine, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director, SK Acharya, said that there is little point in transporting huge quantity of coal by road, rail and sea over a distance of 1,650 km and bringing it to Sirkali, after building a jetty for the purpose of downloading it.

The Sirkali project was conceived in 2010 with the coal to come from Talabira mines in Odisha. NLC now believes that the project is unviable.

Instead, NLC plans to put up four units of 660 MW supercritical lignite-fired power plants, with the fuel coming from its own mines near Neyveli.

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