RS Batra, Chief of Finance, NHPC
Can you take us through your performance on generation as well as installed capacity?
As compared to 2013, when our installed capacity was around 4,182 MW, it has now increased to 4,987 MW, at present. It means, in the last 12 months we have added a capacity of 805 MW.
On the generation side with the addition in the capacity, as well as with the support of nature, we had been able to generate 7,546 MUs in the first quarter, which is a record generation by NHPC in any quarter since inception. This is also an 18 per cent increase over the previous year corresponding period. This generation of about 1,100 plus MUs over the previous year has given us revenue of Rs 418 crore. The breakup of the increase in the generation is partly in the existing power stations, where last year it was 6,294 and this year it is 6,679 and roughly 800 MUs because of the new capacity additions.
Can you take us through your capex plan for the year?
Our capex plan for the year is roughly about Rs 3,200 crore. That will include, TLDP-IV, which is expected to get commissioned in the next 12 months. We also expect to commission one unit of Parbati - II in the next two years.
Don´t you think looking at the current market dynamics, your capex plans are rather low as compared to private players in the same segment?
Be realistic, and that is what we have done while chalking out our capex plan. Since we were struggling for getting clearances for the new projects we kept the capex plan at this level. The moment clearances are received capex will go up, and as you are aware we have a sufficient internal source to meet the capex plan and then we will be able to take care.
The Rs 3,200 crore does not include any capex for thermal plants or the other wind and solar projects that you have purchased...
We have included wind and solar in which we have signed the Memorandum of Agreement in UP, but it does not include thermal except the total amount for the initial amount, that is not a substantial amount.
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