Barethi Super Thermal Power Project
The Barethi Super Thermal Power Project is a proposed 2640-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station at Barethi in Madhya Pradesh, India.
The project is located at Barethi village. The map below shows the location of the project as described in the EIA.
The 2010 terms of reference (ToR) for the project listed the size of the plant as 3,960 MW (6 x 660 MW); however, media reports in 2014 list the project as 2,640 MW (4 x 660 MW). According to a March 2014 report, the foundation stone for the plant was laid by Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on March 3, 2014.
NTPC requested an extension on its terms of reference for the 4x660 MW project in May 2014, which was granted in July 2014. An EIA was submitted in May 2015. Coal is planned to be supplied from coal mines at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
In a revised May 2016 EIA, NTPC informed the MoEF&CC that Coal India had accorded in-principle approval for grant of bridge linkage for the project from South Eastern Coalfield mines in the Korba/Riagarh field and the Korea Rewa field.
In its June 2016 meeting, the Union environment ministry's Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) deferred giving green clearance to the project due to concerns about the effect on the Khajuraho temple (20-30 km distant) and the nearby Panna Tiger Reserve (12 km distant) and Ken Crocodile Sanctuary (20-30 km distant). The EAC sought assurance that there will be downstream water withdrawal during non-monsoon periods. The review process was ongoing as of February 2017.
As of January 2020 there have been no further developments, and the project appears to be deferred or abandoned.
Location: Barethi village, Rajnagar taluk, Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 24.783333, 79.7 (exact)
Nameplate capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-4: 660 MW)
Projected in service:
Coal Source: Korba/Riagarh field and Korea Rewa field, Chhattisgarh
Estimated annual CO2: 23,418,255 tons
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, Sep 9, 2010; Terms of reference extension, India MoEF, July 25, 2014
Articles and resources
- "NTPC signs PPA for Lara and Barethi Projects", Media Release, November 28, 2011.
- "NTPC to construct 2,640 MW power plant in Bundelkhand," NDTV, March 3, 2014
- Request for terms of reference extension, NTPC, May 14, 2014
- Terms of reference extension, India MoEF, July 25, 2014
- EIA, NTPC, May 2015
- Revised EIA, NTPC, May 2016
- "Letter from NTPC to MoEF&CC," June 1, 2016
- Mayank Aggarwal, "Panel defers green clearance for NTPCs Rs18000 project," LiveMine, July 4, 2016
- "MINUTES OF THE 3rd MEETING OF THE RE-CONSTITUTED EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) OF THERMAL POWER PROJECTS," India MoEF, Feb 14, 2017