Barethi Super Thermal Power Project

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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.

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The project has been proposed by NTPC. NPTC has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to sell the power from the plant to the Madhya Pradesh State Power Trading Company.[1]

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.[2]

NTPC requested an extension on its terms of reference for the 4x660 MW project in May 2014,[3] which was granted in July 2014.[4] An EIA was submitted in May 2015. Coal is planned to be supplied from coal mines at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8] The review process was ongoing as of February 2017.[9]

As of January 2020 there have been no further developments, and the project appears to be deferred or abandoned.

Project Details

Sponsor: NTPC
Location: Barethi village, Rajnagar taluk, Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 24.783333, 79.7 (exact)
Status: Cancelled
Nameplate capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-4: 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
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

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