Chhabra Thermal Power Station

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Chhabra Thermal Power Station is a 2,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Rajasthan state, India.

An additional 1,320 MW of coal capacity is proposed at the site.

Location: Units 1-4

The plant is located at Motipura Chowki village, Chaabra tehsil, Baran district, Rajasthan, India.

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Location: Units 5-6

Units 5-6 are located to the north of the existing plant.

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The power station is owned and operated by Rajasthan RV Utpadan Nigam (RVUN or RRVUN), a government-owned utility. It began as a 500 MW power station, commissioned in 2009-2010. The power station was later expanded by two 250 MW units (Units 3&4).[1] Unit 3 was commissioned in 2013 and unit 4 in 2014.[2]

First Expansion (Stage II)

Two more 660 MW units (Units 5 and 6) were proposed in the 12th Plan (2012-17).[3]

The project received environmental clearance in 2012.[4]

In March 2015, units 5 and 6 were under construction.[5]

According to RVUN, unit 5 was planned for commissioning in December 2016 and unit 6 in June 2018.[6][7]

Unit 5 was synchronized in October 2016 and commissioned in April 2017.[8][9] Unit 6 was commissioned in December 2018 and began commercial operation in March 2019.[10][11]

Second Expansion Proposed

In July 2022, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved RRVUN's proposals for setting up two units of thermal power projects with 660 MW and 800 MW capacity based on ultra-supercritical technology at Chhabra and Kalisindh respectively. The two Chhabra units were expected to be set up at a cost of Rs 9,606.06 crore. “The move will help the state become self-reliant in power generation and also increase employment opportunities and local area development,” read an official statement.[12]

The expansion was submitted to MOEF for Terms of Reference in January 2023. The submission noted that construction was projected to start in November 2023 for completion in 2027.[13] The minutes of EAC committee held in February 2023 discussed the proposal to obtain Terms of Reference but deferred the proposal till submission of additional information, such as the plan for ash utilization, revised layout for the green belt, monitoring of air quality performed by a third party and a report on air emissions from SPCB.[14]


In 2017 NTPC signed a non-binding MoU with the Rajasthan government to take over the Chhabra thermal power plant. While the total cost of the plant is estimated to around Rs 150 billion, NTPC was supposed to pay around Rs 50 billion for 1000 MW. The deal however is stuck for political reasons. A non-binding MoU allows the parties to modify the terms later.[15]

Project Details

Sponsor: Rajasthan RV Utpadan Nigam
Location: Chowki-Motipura village, Chhabra tehsil, Baran district, Rajasthan Coordinates: Units 1-4: 24.62092, 77.035439 (exact); Units 5-6: 24.63433, 77.0385039 (exact); Units 7-8: 24.63433, 77.0385039 (exact)

Status and capacity:

  • Unit 1 - 250 MW - Operating (commissioned October 30, 2009)
  • Unit 2 - 250 MW - Operating (commissioned May 4, 2010)
  • Unit 3 - 250 MW - Operating (commissioned September 14, 2013)
  • Unit 4 - 250 MW - Operating (commissioned 30 June 2014)
  • Unit 5 - 660 MW - Operating (commissioned April 4, 2017)
  • Unit 6 - 660 MW - Operating (commissioned December 11, 2018)
  • Unit 7 - 660 MW - Announced
  • Unit 8 - 660 MW - Announced

Type: Units 5 & 6: Supercritical[6]; Units 7-8: Ultrasupercritical
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications Units 5 & 6: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, May 23, 2012

Resources and articles

Related articles


  1. "Chhaba Thermal Power Station", Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited, accessed March 2012.
  2. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, June 2014
  3. "Chhabra TTP Unit 5 & 6", Rajasthan RV Utpadan Nigam website, accessed March 2012.
  4. Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, May 23, 2012
  5. "MHPS in control systems deal for India supercritical coal plant," PEI, 20/03/2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Chhaba Thermal Power Station", Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited, accessed September 8, 2015
  7. "Ongoing Projects," RRVUN website, accessed September 8, 2015
  8. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, March 2017
  9. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, April 2017
  10. "Executive Summary of the power sector," India CEA, March 2019
  11. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, March 2019
  12. "Rajasthan: CM Ashok Gehlot approves two thermal power projects," Times of India, July 19, 2022
  13. "2x660 MW Expansion Thermal Power Project, U#7&8 Chhabra TPS," Submission IA/RJ/THE/404292/2022
  14. "MINUTES OF THE 37TH MEETING OF THE RE-CONSTITUTED EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA)" (PDF). February 2023. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 67 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Shreya Jai, "NTPC takes equity stake in two Bihar state power projects for Rs 21 billion: MoU with Rajasthan for Chhabra power plant stuck as elections loom," Business Standard, June 30, 2018
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