Bhusawal Thermal Power Station

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Bhusawal Thermal Power Station is a 1,210-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Maharashtra, India.

An additional 660 MW was under development.

Location

The map below shows the location of the power station, approximately 8 kilometers away from the city of Bhusawal. The older and units are located West of the new units. Satellite imagery from 2022 is also linked below.[1]

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Background on Units 1-3

The existing power station began as a 475 megawatt (MW) power station owned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL), a Maharashtra government owned company. It comprised one 55MW unit, which was taken offline in 2010, and two 210 MW units built in 1979-1982.[2]

Unit 2 was retired in 2017.[3]

Units 4 and 5

Unit 4 (500 MW) was commissioned on March 7, 2012.[4]

Unit 5 (also 500 MW) was completed in June 2012.[5]

Unit 6

As of November 2011, the company reported that it had acquired land, fuel, and environmental clearance for Bhusawal TPS Unit 6, a 660 MW expansion.[6]

Environmental Clearance was obtained in November 2012.[7]

In April 2017, the company applied to extend the Environmental Clearance's validity.[8] The Expert Appraisal Committee recommended the extension for an additional three years on November 14, 2019, subject to a few additional conditions.[9]

In 2019, state-run engineering firm BHEL announced it "bagged" an order from Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) for emission controls at the unit. The revised order value for the total project was now around ₹3,750 crore.[10]

In March 2020, plant sponsor MSPGCL submitted an amended application for environmental clearance that included plans for pollution controls.[11]

According to the government's November 2021 Broad Status report, boiler erection began on the unit in November 2019 and the boiler was 70% complete. The unit was expected by December 2022,[12] then pushed to June 2023.[13]

Planet satellite imagery from January 2019 to January 2022 showed progress at the site.

Project Details of Unit 6

Resources and articles

References

  1. "The Company", Bhusawal Thermal Power Station website, accessed December 2011.
  2. Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, "Installed Capacity", Maharashtra State Power Generation Company website, accessed November 2011.
  3. "CEA approval /clearance for retirement of old 210 MW Bhusawal Tharmal Power Unit No. 2," India CEA, Aug 31, 2017
  4. ALL INDIA REGIONWISE GENERATING INSTALLED CAPACITY (MW) OF POWER UTILITIES INCLUDING ALLOCATED SHARES IN JOINT AND CENTRAL SECTOR UTILITIES, Central Electricity Authority, March 31, 2012
  5. Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, "Information on Mahagenco's Power Projects: Ongoing Thermal Power Projects – 4730 MW", Maharashtra State Power Generation Company website, August 26, 2011.
  6. "Information on Mahagenco's Power Projects," November 19, 2011
  7. Environmental Clearance for unit 6, India MoEF, November 27, 2012
  8. "Application for Extension of validity of Environmental Clearance (Form-I) For The Proposed 1x660 MW Unit of Coal Based Thermal Power Plant at Bhusawal, District Jalgaon, Maharashtra State," MSPGCL, April 2017
  9. "Minutes of the 35th Meeting of the Re-Constituted Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Thermal Power Projects Held on 14th November, 2019" Expert Appraisal Committee, November 14, 2019
  10. "BHEL bags order for emission control equipment for 660-MW power unit in Maharashtra," Live Mint, January 23, 2019
  11. Amended EC, India MoEF, March 6, 2020
  12. “Broad Status Report,” Thermal Project Monitoring Division, Central Electricity Authority, November 2021
  13. “Broad Status Report of Under Construction Thermal Power Projects,” Central Electricity Authority, May 2022

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