Bhagalpur Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Bhagalpur Power Project, also known as Lakhisarai Adhunik power station, is a proposed 2,640 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Bihar, India.


The map below shows Kahalgaon village, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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The project is proposed by by Adhunik Power and Natural Resources. A mid-2011 news report stated that a coal allocation for the project had not been made. The proposed commissioning date was 2013.[1]

The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) approved the proposed power project on February 1, 2010. In June 2010 the approval was amended at the request of the company, to "establish that project at Pirpainti Block, Bhagalpur in the new name as M/S Ganga Power & Natural Resources. The company's proposal was further amended in January 2011 for the project to be expanded to a 2640 MW plant established in two phases. The SIPB also notes that another Adhunik Group subsidiary, Adhunik Metaliks, had proposed a 2.2 million tonnes per annum steel mill at Kahalgaon, which was approved by the board in February 2010.[2] It is unclear whether the proposed power station is intended as a captive power station for the steel mill.

An August 2011 investor presentation by the Adhunik Group refers to the project as a 1320 MW project. It also notes that a coal linkage had been applied for, a water allocation yet to be approved, part of the land is still to be acquired, environmental clearance is still to be approved and transmission to the grid is awaiting approval. The company had yet to start organising finance for the project.[3]

In November 2013, Manoj Kumar Agarwal, managing director at Adhunik Group, told SteelGuru, "We are working on Super Critical Thermal Power Plants at Janjgir Champa in Chhattisgarh and Bhagalpur in Bihar for 2x660 MW power plants at each site location,"[4] suggesting phase II has been cancelled. Agarwal reiterated the company's plans for a 1320 MW coal plant in a May 2014 interview.[5]

As of September 2016 the project has yet to receive environmental clearance from the India MoEF, and plans appear to be deferred or abandoned.

As of December 2016 the project is no longer mentioned on the website of Adhunik Power and Natural Resources. It appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

Sponsor: Ganga Power & Natural Resources
Parent: Adhunik Power and Natural Resources
Location: Kahalgaon village, Bhagalpur district, Bihar
Coordinates: 25.263540, 87.234444 (approximate)

  • Phase I: Cancelled
  • Phase II: Cancelled

Capacity: 2640 MW total

  • Phase I, unit 1: 660 MW
  • Phase I, unit 2: 660 MW
  • Phase II: 1320 MW

Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: No source yet agreed
Estimated annual CO2: 15,612,170 (on 2640MW)
Source of financing:
Permits: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, Dec 2, 2009

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Arindam Sinha, "540MW Adhunik power Jharkhand units to start output by March'12", Financial Express, June 1, 2011.
  2. State Investment Promotion Board, "Proposals Approved by State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB)", State Investment Promotion Board website, December 2011, pages 10 & 25.
  3. Adhunik Group, "Corporate Presentation", August 2011, page 26. (Pdf)
  4. "Adhunik GroupMD speaks with Myiris," SteelGuru, 8 Nov 2013
  5. "Steel sector revival around the corner?" Steel Insights, May 10, 2014
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