The historic town of Bathinda was selected for this first and prestigious thermal power project of the state due to its good railway connections for fast transportation of coal, availability of canal water and proximity of load center. This project was completed in two phases at a total cost of about Rs 115 crore. The first unit was commissioned in September, 1974 and the others were subsequently commissioned in September, 1975, March, 1978 and last one in January, 1979. The commissioning of these units not only helped bridge the gap between supply and demand in Punjab but also solved the chronic problem of low voltage prevailing in the Malwa region. It is matter of pride that this plant is working successfully since its commissioning.
This plant has won many National Awards like Meritorious Productivity Awards from Govt. of India. GNDTP, Bathinda has also been accredited with ISO: 9001:2008.
Unit-1or 2 of GNDTP, Bathinda, when operated at full capacity is capable of generating 26.4 lac units of electricity in a day and unit-3 is capable to generate 28.80 lac units in a day. The coal consumption is about 1700 to 1800 MT per unit depending upon the quality of coal. The total daily coal requirement is about 7000 M.T. (about two rakes of 58 wagons each) when all the four units are in operation. The coal supplies are being received from Jharkhand which is more than 1500 KMs from this Power Station. Fly ash generated is being used by M/s Ambuja Cement factory and other different industries.
As these units have completed more than their designed life span of 25 years, the Renovation & Modernisation is being done in the phased manner with the following objectives:
To restore original rated capacity of the units. (Uprating of capacity from 110MW to 120 MW for units 3 & 4)
To improve plant availability/load factor.
To extend the life of the units by 15 to 20 years.
To enhance operational efficiency and safety
To remove ash pollution and to meet up environmental standards of Pollution Control Board
Energy Conservation †œR&M of Units-1, 2 & 3 has been completed and these units are running at nearly full capacity. After R&M, Commercial Operational Declaration of Unit-3 was made on 07.12.2012. Its capacity has been up-rated from 110 MW to 120 MW. Now. Capacity of this plant is 450 MW against 440 MW. Unit-4 is under R&M since 05-11-2011