Bhilai Steel power station
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Bhilai Steel power station is an operating power station of at least 560-megawatts (MW) in Bhilai, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Bhilai Steel power station||Bhilai, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India||21.184, 81.4237 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, Unit 9, Unit 2: 21.184, 81.4237
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit 3||operating||coal - unknown||30||subcritical||1983||–|
|Unit 4||operating||coal - unknown||250||subcritical||2009||–|
|Unit 5||operating||coal - unknown||250||subcritical||2009||–|
|Unit 6||cancelled||coal - unknown||250||unknown||–||–|
|Unit 7||cancelled||coal - unknown||250||unknown||–||–|
|Unit 8||cancelled||coal - unknown||250||unknown||–||–|
|Unit 9||cancelled||coal - unknown||250||unknown||–||–|
|Unit 2||operating||coal - unknown||30||subcritical||1982||–|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 3||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 4||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 5||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 6||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 7||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 8||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 9||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
|Unit 2||NTPC-SAIL Power Co Ltd [100.0%]|
Project-level captive use details
- Captive industry use (heat or power): iron & steel
- Captive industry: Power
Project-level coal details
- Permit(s): Terms of Reference: 2011-04-27
Bhilai Steel power station is in Bhilai, India. It powers the Bhilai steel plant. The first power station, the Bhilai Captive Power Plant, is 74 MW (2x30 MW and 1x14 MW). Two 250 MW coal fired units (Units 4-5) were commissioned in 2009.
|Unit Number||Capacity (MW)||Year|
Description of Expansion
The company received a Terms of Reference in 2011 for a 4 X 250 MW coal-fired expansion. However, the project appears to have been abandoned since there is no mention of it on the company website, and after four years the company has not applied for an environmental clearance.
The power station is owned and operated by NSPCL, a 50:50 joint venture company of NTPC Limited and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) to generate power for captive proposes of various steel plants owned by SAIL.
The power plant received export credit provided to General Electric.
Poor quality coal supply
In January 2014 a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team from Gandhinagar in Gujarat raided premises of Indore-based Bhatia International for supplying poor quality coal to NTPC-SAIL Power Corporation, including the Bhilai Power Plant. The poor quality coal supply resulted in a total loss of Rs 92.91 crore to the government.
Articles and Resources
- "Bhilai 2X250 MW Expansion Power Project," NTPC-SAIL Power Company website, accessed Jan 2014.
- Terms of Reference, Ministry of Environment & Forests, (Apr 27, 2011)
- "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
- "CBI raids Bhilai power plant officials, pvt firm," Times of India, Jan 5, 2014.
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