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NTPC’s second coal-based power plant to start operations

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) State-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Saturday said it will start commercial operations of its second coal-based 490 MW power plant at Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri to provide electricity for the Commonwealth Games.

The new plant, along with another unit of similar capacity which came onstream early this year, will provide 90 percent of its power output for the Games in October this year, the company said in a statement. The remaining 10 percent will be given to Uttar Pradesh.

‘NTPC keeps its promise to power the Commonwealth Games by bringing on stream the second unit of 490 MW at its Dadri project today (Saturday),’ it said.

Dadri power plant has three stages. The first has four coal based units operational since early 1990s with a combined capacity of 840 MW, the second with its two coal based units generates 980 MW while stage-III will have gas-based units with capacity of 829 MW.

The NTPC, which operates 27 power stations across the country, has presently over 17,000 MW capacity under construction at 17 locations and plans to become a 75 gigawatt (GW) company by 2017.

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