On 3rd May, 2015, the Jharkhand Government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with NTPC Ltd, a public undertaking of the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India at Ranchi for taking up Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS) through a Joint Venture Company (JVC). NTPC and Jharkhand Bidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. (JBVNL) will have equity participation in the ratio of 74:26.
MOA is a step forward to achieve the following:
The agreement was signed in the presence of Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking water, Raghubar Das, Chief Minister, Jharkhand and Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC.
NUCLEAR POWER SHARE
MoS in the Prime Minister´s Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply has informed the upper house recently about the share of nuclear power in the overall energy mix. The share of the nuclear power generation in the total electricity production in the country in the financial year 2014-15 was of the order of 3.6% (including 2242 Million Units power generation from Kudankulam Unit-1 prior to its commercial operation). So far, there are 21 nuclear power reactors in India with 5780 MW installed capacity. Of these, one reactor, Rajasthan Atomic Power Station Unit 1 (RAPS - 1) (100 MW) at Rawatbhata, Rajasthan is currently under extended shutdown for techno-economic assessment for continued operation. The Kudankulam Unit - 2 is currently under commissioning stage. The unit is expected to be commissioned in 2015-16. The following list of five reactors are under various stages of construction with a total capacity of 3300 MW.