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Country’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd will replace its old power plants having a total capacity of 11,000 Megawatt, power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal today said.
He said the company would phase out power plants older than 25 years and added that the whole process would require around Rs 50,000 crore and would take around five years.
“It is very concerning that this country has very old power plants running which leads to very high carbon dioxide emission. The government wants to not only bring in new pollution control technology but also wants to phase out old power plants to bring down pollution levels,” Goyal said.
He further said that on Monday he had a consultation with NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh and within two days NTPC confirmed that it will phase out its old plants. “NTPC has already given the in-principle clearance to replace around 11,000 MW of its old, inefficient thermal power plants,” he said.
Further, the Minister informed that the Power Ministry is in talks with the Environment Ministry for clearances, which should not be a problem as it is a huge step in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. He also urged the State Governments to work in Mission-mode to modernize their existing thermal power plants with new super critical technology
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