Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, a “Navaratna” Public Sector Enterprise, under the administrative control of Ministry of Coal (MOC) is a pioneer among the public sector undertakings in Mine cum energy sector.
The company in May 2010, had announced that as a first step, the board had approved the spend of Rs.325 Crore for the setting up of 50MW wind farms in Tamil Nadu in the districts of Theni and Tirunelveli. The company had then mentioned that the first units would go on stream in October or November of that year.
Since, in March last year, the Coal Ministry had said state-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation’s (NLC) Rs 312 crore wind power project in Tamil Nadu would be commissioned early this year.
The Coal Ministry also said at that the Navaratna firm would commission its 25-MW Solar Photo Voltaic Power project by the end of this year.
“To set up a 25 MW solar photo voltaic power project (to prepare feasibility report and seek approval by June, 30, 2011 to place order by December, 31, 2011 and to commission the project by December, 31, 2012,” the Coal Ministry said then.
After that there has been no progress or updates on the same, and a number of other PSU’s have made announcements and commissioning of wind and solar projects in the mean time.
In April this year, state-run Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) said that it plans to add an additional 75 MW through wind and solar energy which would be allocated to Tamil Nadu that is facing acute power shortage.
NLC aims to achieve this during the financial year 2012-13.
Within a month of this announcement, Neyveli has scaled back on its wind plans, according to reports. It has scaled down the size of its wind farm to 50MW and plans to set up a 10-Mw solar farm in Tamil Nadu.