Barh II power station

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Barh II power station is an operating power station of at least 1320-megawatts (MW) in Barh, Patna, Bihar, India. It is also known as Barh power station Unit 4 and Barh power station Unit 5.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Barh II power station Barh, Patna, Bihar, India 25.4865, 85.7452 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 25.4865, 85.74516
  • Unit 2: 25.4865, 85.74516

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating - 660 MW supercritical - -
Unit 2 operating - 660 MW supercritical - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 1 NTPC Ltd NTPC Ltd
Unit 2 NTPC Ltd NTPC Ltd

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The Barh project had a total planned capacity of 3,300 megawatt (MW), with Russian firm Technopromexport (TPE) constructing the first phase of Barh I (1,980 MW capacity) and state-owned BHEL constructing the second phase of Barh II (1,320 MW). In November 2010, The Times of India reported that the start date of both Barh I power station and Barh II power station would be delayed until 2013-14. The delay was the result of a contractual dispute between project sponsor NTPC and TPE, the suppliers of the boilers for the project.[1]

Barh II will comprise two 660 MW units.[2] Coal is planned to be supplied from the Amrapali Block of North Karanpura coal fields, transported by rail.[3][4]

In March 2012, project sponsor NTPC announced that it had received a EUR 72.5 million loan from Euler Hermes.[5]

Unit 1 of Barh II (660 MW) -- also sometimes referred to as Unit 4 -- was commissioned in October 2013.[6] It is at the same location as the Barh I power station, which was initiated in 1999 but thereafter ran into problems involving land acquisition and contractual disputes.[4] However, commercial production at the unit has been delayed due to multiple tube leakage.[7] The commercial operation for unit 1 was formally declared by Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on November 15, 2014.[8]

As of August 2014, Barh II Unit 2 (also known as Barh 5) was under construction and scheduled for completion in 2015.[6][9] The unit was commissioned in March 2015,[10] although commercial operation was not declared until March 2016.[8]

Investigation of payoffs

In November, 2010, The Times of India reported that India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was investigating alleged pay-offs by Russia's Technoprom Exports (TPE) to secure the contract to supply boilers for the Barh project. TPE received the contract in February 2005.[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pranava K Chaudhary, "Barh power plant by 2013-14: NTPC CMD," The Times of India, November 23, 2010
  2. National Thermal Power Corporation, "Future Capacity Additions", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
  3. National Thermal Power Corporation, "Future Capacity Additions", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Barh I and II, 3,300 MW Coal-Power Plant, India,", accessed December 2011
  5. NTPC signs loan facility backed by Euler Hermes, IIFL, Mar. 26, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, September 2013
  7. "Digha grid goes kaput, west Patna 'power' less," TNN, Apr 1, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Power Generation Starts In 2nd Barh Plant Unit: NTPC," Press Trust of India, February 20, 2016
  9. "NTPC Investor Presentation August 2014,"
  10. "NTPC commissions fifth unit of Barh thermal project in Bihar," The Economic Times, Mar 5, 2015

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