NTPC Vindhyachal has become the largest power plant of the country to achieve a plant load factor (PLF) of 100 per cent. This means that the power plant was run at its full capacity of 3760 MW for a certain period.
The average PLF of power plants across the country hovers at around 60 per cent, thus, making this as significant development. Before this, other NTPC power plants, such as the Talcher Thermal plant of 460 MW has also been run at 100 per cent PLF. Although, no plant with an installed capacity close to NTPC Vidhyachal has achieved this till now.
The 100 PLF was achieved on April 13, 2020.
The total installed capacity of the NTPC group is 62110 MW. It has 70 power stations i.e. 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 joint venture power stations.
The second 660 MW unit of India’s first ultra-supercritical power station NTPC Khargone also became commercial during the lockdown period.