Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) was registered in the year 1956 and the operations started the next year. NLC is one of the leading companies in lignite mining and power production. The installed capacity of the NLC in power production is 2490 MW. The lignite mines in Neyveli are open cast and have a capacity of 24 million tons a year. Eight seven percent of the lignite reserves in the country come from Tamilnadu. The Central Government has 49 percent of the stakes in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited and it comes under the control of Ministry of Coal.
The Registered office of Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited is located in Chennai at the following address:
No. 135, Periyar EVR High Road,
Chennai – 600 010
The Corporate Office is located at:
Block – 1,
Neyveli – 607 801
'''How to Reach?'''
Neyveli can be reached by road from Chennai on the highway to Thanjavur. It is 200 km from Chennai. Well connected roads are available to reach Neyveli. Neyveli can also be reached by Rail. The nearest railway station is Villupuram which is 50 km from Neyveli on the Chennai – Trichy main line. The nearest international airport is in Chennai and the domestic airport at Trichy.
The core functions of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited are excavation of lignite in Neyveli and power production from lignite. Excavation of lignite is from the 3 mines namely the Mine I, Mine I A, and Mine II with capacities of 10.5 MT/A, 3 MT/A, and 10.5 MT/A respectively. Small scale industries also buy lignite from NLC for their fuel needs.
Power generation is through Thermal Power Station I, Thermal Power Station I Expansion and Thermal Power Station II. Power station I has a capacity of 600 MW with 6 units of 50 MW capacity and 3 units of 100 MW capacities. Power Station II has a total capacity of 1470 with 7 units of 210 MW capacities. The Thermal Power Station I Expansion has a capacity of 420 MW with two units of 210 MW capacities. 80% power from Station I and 30% from Station II and 46% of Power Station I Expansion are exported to Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.