In Bihar's Barh in Patna district, the synchronisation of unit 1 (stage 2) of the NTPC super thermal power plant would finally be done by this month end and its commercial production of 660 mw power will start by the year end. Bihar will get 50 per cent of the 660 mw as per the agreement with the Union Ministry of power. The remaining 330 mw would be given to Jharkhand (6.06 per cent), Odisha (12.57 per cent), West Bengal (15.8 per cent) and Sikkim (1.29 per cent), among others.
NTPC Barh is among the few projects in India and first in Bihar having all its units with the most advanced super critical technology. This will enable it to achieve higher efficiency compared to other units which run on sub-critical technology. This project will meet the power needs of Bihar to a great extent in the coming years, a senior NTPC official said. Former Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had inaugurated the main plant house of stage 2 on May 29, 2006.
After completion of its unit 2, Bihar will get 660 mw from stage 2 and 523 mw from stage 1 plant. Talking about the progress of unit 1 of stage 2, an official said this unit is in advanced commissioning stage. The boiler light-up was done on November 12 last year. Auxiliaries for unit 1 (stage 2) is also in advance stage of commissioning.