ARS Metals Gummidipoondi captive power station

From Global Energy Monitor

ARS Metals Gummidipoondi captive power station is a 60-megawatt (MW) captive coal-fired power station in Tamil Nadu, India.

A 485 MW expansion has been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the ARS Metals facility in the villages of Sithurnatham, Sirupuzhalpettai, and Eguvarpalayam.

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Background on Plant

ARS Metals has a captive power station of 60 MW in Gummidipoondi taluk, which has been in operation since August 2013.[1][2]


In 2011 ARS Metals received Environmental Clearance for two units of 60 MW each, but ultimately built only one unit. In 2014 the company applied for a larger expansion plan, this time proposing to add a unit 2 of 180 MW and unit 3 of 300 MW - a proposed 480 MW expansion overall to their existing 60 MW power station.[3][4]

In September 2014 ARS received a terms of reference for unit 2 of 135 MW and unit 3 of 350 MW.[5] An EIA was submitted in July 2015.[1]

As of December 2019 the units have not received environmental clearance. Plans appear deferred or abandoned.


In April 2011, a financing agreement for the project was closed.[6] Information on funders and amounts is not available.


  • Sponsor: ARS Metals
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Sithurnatham, Sirupuzhalpettai & Eguvarpalayam villages, Gummidipoondi taluk, Thiruvallur district,
  • Coordinates: 13.4158938, 80.0566596 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 60 MW
    • Unit 2: 135 MW
    • Unit 3: 350 MW
  • Type: Circulating fluidized bed (Unit 1), Subcritical (Units 1 and 2), Supercritical (Unit 3)[1]
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: 4500 kcal/kg[1] (subbituminous C)[7]
  • Coal Source: Indonesia
  • Source of financing: US$170,749,445 in equity from ARS Metals.[8]
  • Permits and applications:

Resources and articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "EIA," ARS Metals, July 2015
  2. "Evolution," ARS Group website, accessed June 2018
  3. Form 1 for ARS Metals, Application for Terms of Reference, MoEF, March 3, 2014.
  4. Form 1, ARS Metals, March 3, 2014
  5. "Terms of reference, India MoEF, Sep 18, 2014
  6. ARS_admin. "ARS Energy Evolution - ARS Energy Pvt. Ltd in Tamil Nadu". ARS Group. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  7. "Advanced Coal Science," Coal Marketing International, accessed June 2017
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