Strengthening Utilities’ Environmental Management Capacity in India

When: 1996

Where: India

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To provide technical assistance to strengthen the environmental and social capabilities of the NTPC in order to respect both the objectives set by the Government of India for the power sector, as well as those developed in NTPC’s own Environmental Action Plan

When: 1996

Where: India

What: Developing Technical Skills

In cooperation with the World Bank, we provided technical assistance to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India focused on strengthening the environmental and social capabilities of the NTPC in order to respect both the objectives set by the Government of India for the power sector, as well as those developed in NTPC’s own Environmental Action Plan.

A team of experts from eight member companies worked together with colleagues at the NTPC to fulfill the objectives of the initiative. Expertise was provided between January 1993 and July 1996. The support contributed to improve the following:

  • thermal power plant availability through discussions with NTPC experts on the use of appropriate design parameters for component specifications
  • plant efficiency (upgrading, combined cycles, etc.) through standardised maintenance norms and efficiency and performance tests
  • chemical products control in power stations and the surrounding environment, by providing advice to the NTPC staff concerning chemical laboratory organisation
  • environmental controls (ambient air quality, air emissions, water discharge, etc.) through the use of specific models, monitoring equipment, data management applicable software, and the appropriate treatment processes
  • people’s knowledge through training in the areas of several environmental disciplines (environmental impact assessment, resettlement and rehabilitation, waste utilisation and reduction, etc.)
  • NTPC experts’ capability to design appropriate environmental impact assessments and public participation programs for the power stations in various environmental domains

During the meetings and workshops, the NTPC technicians confirmed their deep interest in not only technology sharing and environmental controls (models, software, technology, training), but also in the particular way the GSEP provided its assistance. For each issue addressed, the GSEP provided more comprehensive technology and knowledge than a single company or consultant could have, due to the uniqueness of the collective and integrated experience of the member companies.

Feedback and observed results confirm the fruition of the involvement with the NTPC in influencing their choices, thus increasing their success in protecting our global environment and improving their generation and use of electricity.

Participating members and partners

  • All members
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India
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