Barh II power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Barh II power station is a 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Bihar, India.

It is related to Barh I power station.


The undated satellite photo below shows the construction site for Barh II.

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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]

Project Details

Sponsor: National Thermal Power Corporation
Location: Barh village, Patna district, Bihar
Coordinates: 25.4865, 85.74516 (exact)

  • Unit 1 (also known as Unit 4): Operating (2014)
  • Unit 2 (also known as Unit 5): Operating (2015)

Capacity: 1,320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Amrapali Block of North Karanpura coal fields
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits: Environmental clearance, India MoEF, Oct 23, 2007

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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