For more than six glorious decades, NLC India Limited has been a forerunner amongst the Public Sector Enterprises in the country in the energy sector, contributing to a lion's share in lignite production and significant share in thermal and renewable energy generation.
The Company was incorporated on 14.11.1956. NLCIL is a Navratna Government of India Enterprise, under the administrative control of Ministry of Coal. Today, the company has set its footprints in PAN India mode in the states of TamilNadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
A pioneer among the Public Sector Undertakings in energy sector, NLCIL operates 3 opencast Lignite Mines of total installed capacity 28.50 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) at Neyveli, one opencast Lignite Mine at Barsingsar in Rajasthan with an installed capacity of 2.10 MTPA and an open cast coal mine at Talabira in Odisha with an installed capacity of 20 MTPA.
The Company is also operating 4 Lignite based pit-head Thermal Power Stations with an aggregate capacity of 3390 Mega Watt (MW) at Neyveli and one 250 MW Lignite based Thermal Power Station (BTPS) at Barsingsar, Rajasthan. A 1000 MW Coal based Thermal Power Station is also in operation at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu through its subsidiary company, NLC Tamilnadu Power Limited (NTPL), a Joint Venture between NLCIL and TANGEDCO (equity participation in the ratio of 89:11).
NLCIL has also forayed into renewable energy sector. Presently, the Company is operating 1370 MW of Solar Power Plants in various Districts of Tamilnadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and 51 MW Wind Power Plant in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. NLCIL is the first CPSE to cross 1 GW capacity in Solar Power Generation . Now the Company has become a member of International Solar Alliance (ISA). NLCIL is aiming to achieve a total Renewable energy capacity of 4531 MW.
NLCIL has big dreams to become a 13500+MW company by 2030. Towards realizing this dream, NLCIL is already on expansion mode. NLCIL's JV with the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL) is setting up a 3x660 MW Coal based Thermal Power Station at Ghatampur in UP.
NLCIL is entering into coal mine projects and has commenced coal production in Talabira-II & III Coal Mine (20 MTPA) in Odisha on 26.04.2020. Now the mine is selling G14 grade coal to Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited from November 2020. In addition, project activities are in full swing at Pachwara South Coal Mine (9 MTPA) in Jharkhand with an anticipated commissioning by 2022-23. It is also programmed to establish a coal based pit-head TPS of 4000 MW at Talabira by way of installation of new plants.
Further, a JV Company, 'Coal Lignite Urja Vikas Private Limited' (CLUVPL) was incorporated on 10.11.2020 with Coal India Limited (equity participation in the ratio of 50:50). The JV Company plans to install 3000 MW Solar Power Projects at various parts of the Country. Not just Mining and Power Generation, NLCIL has contributed significantly to the Socio-Economic development of the Nation for more than six decades.