Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project (also know as the Jharli Thermal Power Project) is a 1500 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Haryana, India.


The undated satellite photo shows the project is located in the Jharli village, Jhajjar district, Haryana state, adjacent to the Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Project. The Jhajjar power station is being developed approximately 1 km to the west.

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The project was developed by the Aravali Power Company, a joint venture company comprising the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) and Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL). The project is located in Jhajjar, Haryana, India. The power station comprises three 500 MW units.[1]

Unit-I (500 MW) was commissioned on November 1, 2010.[2] Unit-II (500 MW) was synchronized on October 21, 2011.[2] Unit-III (500 MW) was completed in November 2012.[3][2][4]

Stage II Abandoned

A second stage of 2 x 660 MW received a terms of reference in 2010.[5] However, NTPC did not pursue further permits from the MoEF, and the project is not mentioned on the NTPC website nor in a 2014 presentation of capacity additions by NTPC through 2017. It appears to be abandoned.[6]

Coal supply problems

A March 2012 article in the Indian Express described coal shortages at the Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project and the adjacent Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Project:[7]

Jharli, a 35-km, partially bone-rattling ride from the heart of dusty Jhajjar town, looks like just another sleepy outpost in Haryana’s eastern periphery. With a significant difference — it is the site of two mega power projects, pitched right opposite each other on a narrow state road, that are in various stages of commissioning. Both are big, based on domestic coal, but facing an equally massive coal shortage. The 1,500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project is being executed by joint venture firm Aravali Power, floated by NTPC Ltd, Haryana and Delhi. It was to get coal linkage of 6.94 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) allocated from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a Coal India Ltd subsidiary. “We are getting about half that amount,” said an NTPC official. “Of that, half of what comes in is just sand, stones and boulders. The irony is that the consignment, much of it just waste, is transported over 1,500 km, for which the consumer will be billed.” Bang opposite, the 1,320 MW Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Project, which was bagged through competitive bidding by CLP Power India in July 2008, was promised coal linkage of 5.21 mtpa from CCL, another Coal India arm. Power from this project was to be made available from January 2012. Till a couple of weeks back, the developers were still in the process of aggregating coal for testing, to maintain at least seven days’ continuous operations.

Project Details

Sponsor: NTPC, HPGCL, Delhi Government
Location: Jharli village, Jhajjar district, Haryana
Coordinates: 28.4850914, 76.3731605 (exact)

  • Unit 1: operating 2010
  • Unit 2: operating 2011
  • Unit 3: operating 2013
  • Unit 4: cancelled
  • Unit 5: cancelled

Nameplate capacity:

  • Unit 1: 500 MW
  • Unit 2: 500 MW
  • Unit 3: 500 MW
  • Unit 4: 660 MW
  • Unit 5: 660 MW

Coal Type:
Coal Source: Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.
Estimated annual CO2: 8,870,551
Source of financing:
MoEF permits:

Articles and resources


  1. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), "Future Capacity Additions", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Under Implementation," Haryana Power Generation Corporation website, accessed January 2012
  3. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country" Government of India Ministry of Power, August 2013.
  4. "Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Plant begins electricity production", Bhaskar News, November 2, 2010.
  5. "No. J-13011/21/2007-IA.II(T)," Terms of Reference, Ministry of Environment and Forests, December 22, 2010
  6. "NTPC Investor Presentation August 2014," page 36
  7. RAJIB CHATTERJEE , Anil Sasi, "From Jhajjar to Farakka, new to old, fuel shortage hits 130 power units," Indian Express, March 14, 2012

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