Hon'ble Power Minister Inaugurates NTPC’s Indian Power Stations O&M Conference at Raipur

Hon'ble Power Minister Inaugurates NTPC’s Indian Power Stations O&M Conference at Raipur

Shri R.K. Singh, Hon'ble Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, virtually graced the inaugural ceremony of the Indian Power Stations O&M Conference (IPS 2024) hosted by NTPC in Raipur today.

The flagship event commemorates the historic commissioning of the first unit of NTPC at Singrauli in 1982, marking a pivotal moment in the power sector's trajectory, leading to decades of innovation and excellence.

Shri R.K. Singh, while appreciating NTPC's contributions to the power sector said, "NTPC's reputation for efficiency, and reliability has been well established, and I envision the company doubling its capacity from current 73 GW to 150 GW." He further added, "Today, NTPC has emerged as the one of the best and largest PSUs in India. I envision NTPC to become a global, multi-national entity operating its power plants worldwide."

He also stressed on the importance of timely completion of under-construction projects and reduction of forced outage to meet the rising demand of electricity, highlighting NTPC's pivotal role in driving India's economic growth.

While referring to Energy Transition, he said that it should not be worrying as both thermal and renewable shall coexist. The world is not against coal-based power. However, for our current and upcoming coal-based plants, it is the need of hour to develop mechanism to ensure increasing efficiency while reducing emission.

He further said that the country as big as ours needs more nuclear capacity. The JV of NTPC and NPCIL must strive to add nuclear capacity as fast as possible, which will pave the way for seamless flexibilisation.

Hon’ble Minister released the IPS 2024 E-Compendium, Steam Turbine E-Learning Module,  Boilerpedia and inaugurated Vikalp, a unique ash-brick made from industrial by products.

Shri Pankaj Agarwal, Secretary (Power), who also addressed on Virtual mode emphasised on sustainable O&M practices.

Shri Ghanshyam Prasad, Chairperson (CEA), talked about the importance of safety protocols, while adapting to AI-driven applications for cost-effective solutions in power plants.

Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, along with Board of Directors and other senior officials from the Ministry of Power and NTPC were present.

Under the theme "O&M Practices for Safe, Reliable & Cost-Effective Power Generation," IPS 2024 serves as a platform for industry leaders to engage in collaborative discussions to explore innovative strategies to enhance safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness in power generation.

The occasion also witnessed presentation of accolades such as the Swarn Shakti Awards (2022-2023) and Business Excellence Awards (2023-2024), recognising the outstanding contributions of NTPC power stations.

NTPC Talcher Kaniha claimed the coveted title of Overall Champion (Winner) of the Swarn Shakti Award, while NTPC Vindhyachal secured the position of Overall Champion (Runner-Up). Additionally, in the Business Excellence Awards category, NTPC Vindhyachal was honoured with the Champion and Overall Excellence Award.

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