Bhadradri power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bhadradri power station, also known as Manuguru power station, is a 1,080-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under development in Telangana, India.


The photo below shows the plant in Ramanujavaram, Edulabayyaram & Seetharamapuram villages, according to the EIA.[1]

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In October 2014 the Telangana government entered into an agreement with BHEL for construction of new thermal power plants in the state of 6,000 MW capacities over the next three years, including the 1,080 MW Bhadradri power station. The Telangana government said the plant would be fast-tracked and built in two years. Land for all the projects will be provided by the Telangana government. Imported coal will be used as fuel.[2]

The project received a terms of reference on June 23, 2015.[3]

In December 2015 the National Green Tribunal (NGT) put a hold on the project pending resolution of a number of issues. These included the subcritical combustion technology and 270 MW size of the units, which violated new requirements by the Ministry of Power for supercritical technology and 500 MW capacity. In addition, the NGT questioned why the company had begun work on the project before final approval.[4]

In response to the hold, the Telegana government filed a review petition. The NGT lifted the stay and asked the MoEF to look into permit approval. In February 2017, the ministry cleared the project and said necessary orders will be issued in the next few days. Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited (TSGENCO) said the plant will be completed by 2018.[5]

Environmental clearance was awarded on March 15, 2017.[6] In September 2017 it was reported that civil works had begun on the foundation, chimneys, and cooling towers. Boiler construction had begun for unit 1. The expected commissioning date was still reported as 2018,[7] although this seems unlikely given the delays in permitting. In November 2017 the expected commissioning date was listed as 2019,[8] although this also seems unlikely.

In November 2017, it was reported that work was proceeding on a fast pace with 19 agencies employing 1,200 workers on the job. Companies included Siscon, Srusti, Bridge & Roop, Slipco, Srivijaya, BJCAL, PCPIL, Paharpur, Kaindwel, Santosh, PRVPR, Anstin, RG, and Kanwar Enterprises Ltd. Civil works were reported to be 95% complete on Unit 1, 50% complete on Unit 2, 70% complete for Unit 3, and 35% complete for Unit 4.[9]

According to the India Ministry of Power in April 2019, unit 1 is planned for commissioning at the end of 2019, and units 2-4 in 2020.[10]

Unit 1 was commissioned on March 20, 2020.[11] Unit 2 was commissioned in December 2020.[12]


Three projects, the 800-MW project at KTPS, the 1,080-MW Bhadradri project, and the 4,400-MW project at Damaracherla, were given US$240 billion in funding by the Rural Electrification Corporation and US$150 billion by the Power Finance Corporation, but there is no disaggregated information available about how much each individual project received.[13]

Project Details

Sponsor: Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited (TSGENCO)
Location: Ramanujavaram, Edulabayyaram & Seetharamapuram villages, Manuguru & Pinapaka mandals, Khammam district, Telangana, India
Coordinates: 18.0274884, 80.7356452 (exact)
Status: Operating (Units 1-2), Construction (Units 3-4)
Capacity: 1,080 MW (Units 1-4: 270 MW)
Type: Subcritical
Start year: 2020 (Units 1-2)
Coal Source: 100% imported or 50% domestic/50% imported (Domestic coal is proposed to be sourced from SCCL mines and imported coal will likely be sourced from Indonesia)[1]
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing: Rural Electrification Corporation and Power Finance Corporation[13]
Permits and applications: Terms of reference, India MoEF, June 23, 2015; EIA, TSGENCO, April 2016; Environmental clearance, India MoEF, March 15, 2017

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  1. 1.0 1.1 EIA, TSGENCO, April 2016
  2. "Telangana and BHEL sign MoU for power generation," The Hindu, Oct 4, 2014
  3. Terms of reference, India MoEF, June 23, 2015
  4. Swathi Vadlamudi, "NGT for status quo on Bhadradri power station," The Hindu, May 10, 2016
  5. "Telangana's Bhadradri thermal power plant gets nod from Centre," Deccan Chronicle, Feb 5, 2017
  6. Environmental clearance, India MoEF, March 15, 2017
  7. “Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country,” India Ministry of Power, Sep 2017
  8. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, November 2017
  9. "Bhadradri thermal plant works at a brisk pace," The Hans India, 14 November 2017
  10. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, April 2019
  11. India Broad Status, India CEA, April 2020
  12. India Broad Status, India CEA, December 2020
  13. 13.0 13.1 Reporter, B. S. (2015-03-22). "REC to grant Rs 24,000 cr for power projects in Telangana". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-09-25.

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