Adding another feather in their cap, NTPC Simhadri, has successfully, Commissioned the 1st 10MW Floating Solar Project, which is the single largest installation in India as on date and which is also considered to be an engineering marvel with unique Anchoring and Mooring techniques.
Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant, Vishakhapatnam, AP, A flagship Project of Maharatna NTPC Limited, draw sweet water requirement from Eluru Canal to a man-made Raw water reservoir spread in 150Acres near Plant boundary for storage & further use.
In the year 2019, it was proposed to install a floating solar plant on the reservoir without affecting the bund by providing first of its kind Anchor Ropes from all sides, the project was awarded to M/S BHEL on EPC basis with a cost of 110 Crores with a completion period of 15months.
Despite of severe COVID-19 pandemic in India & AP, the floating Solar Project of NTPC Simhadri has faced huge difficulties in equipment supplies & Man Power mobilization. Beating all odds NTPC Simhadri, successfully completed the 10MW of Total 25MW and successfully connected to Southern grid on 29.06.2021 and declared commercial w.e.f from 12:00Hrs of 30.06.2021 The power evacuation from this project is through dedicated cabling from Reservoir to Plant switchgear at 33KV level.
Speaking to Hello Vizag Shri Diwakar Kaushik, HOP NTPC Simhadri, said the balance of 15 MW Works are in full swing and it is expected that the next 15MW will be added by August end of this year. After commissioning 15 MW Total capacity will be 25 MW.
Further, NTPC Limited also developing another 100MW Floating solar Project in NTPC, Ramagundam, Telangana, its largest Project in SR, and the project is in the advanced stage of commissioning and also this is going to be India’s largest Floating Solar Installation once commissioned.