PMI India Case Study Abstract : Shining Example of Project Success
PMI India

NTPC's award-winning solar PV project in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, offers lessons in project management during challenging times

The NTPC project team receiving PMI India's Best Project of the Year – Small (less than Rs. 100 crore) in 2014 for the grid connected solar photo-voltaic project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

NTPC Limited, formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, commissioned a 5 MWp grid connected Solar Photo-voltaic (PV) power plant in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands, as part of its corporate plan to establish its footprint in the renewable energy sector.

The solar PV project is located on the outskirts of Port Blair and is spread across a 10-hectare plot that has been leased out by the A&N electricity department, who is the plant's customer.

NTPC awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to Hyderabad-based Photon Energy Systems Limited. The project was completed within six-and-a-half months from the date of handing over of the land, in spite of several challenges.

NTPC won PMI India's Best Project of the Year – Small (less than Rs. 100 crore) in 2014 for the exemplary use of project management techniques.

"This was a highly complex project because of the challenges associated with a compressed project schedule and working in a remote island that is separated from the nearest port by over 1,000 km. We adopted robust project lifecycle methodologies even before the project was awarded to the time it was commissioned," said A.K. Jha, chairman and managing director, NTPC Ltd.

Benefits

The NTPC solar PV project supplies clean and green solar energy to the A&N grid that supplies power to the island. It helped reduce carbon dioxide emission by 6,173 metric tons during the first year of operation. Lieutenant general (Retd.) A.K. Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, honorable lieutenant governor, A&N Islands, adds, "It's a pleasure to visit the solar PV plant. There is scope to enhance the use of non-conventional energy resources in our islands, provided they are efficient and not cost prohibitive. We, in the A&N administration, are committed to encouraging the use of such energy resources."

As a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) registered plant, it received 6,173 certified emission reductions (CERs) during the first year of operation (2013-2014). These tradable CERs have provided NTPC an additional source of revenue in the CER market.

In the first year of operation, the plant has helped save about 1,800 kiloliter of diesel. The project went on to win NTPC's Swarn Shakti Award for excellence in project management for renewable projects that was instituted for the first time in 2012-13.

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