Lalitpur power project

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Lalitpur power project is an operating power station of at least 1980-megawatts (MW) in Mirchwara and Buraugaon, Mahroni, Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh, India with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Lalitpur power project Mirchwara and Buraugaon, Mahroni, Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh, India 24.795833, 78.646944 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6: 24.795833, 78.646944

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - unknown 660 supercritical 2015
Unit 2 operating coal - unknown 660 supercritical 2016
Unit 3 operating coal - unknown 660 supercritical 2016
Unit 4 shelved coal - unknown 660 supercritical
Unit 5 shelved coal - unknown 660 supercritical
Unit 6 shelved coal - unknown 660 supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]
Unit 2 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]
Unit 3 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]
Unit 4 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]
Unit 5 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]
Unit 6 Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): domestic
  • Permit(s): Terms of Reference: 2020-02-19; Terms of Reference: 2016-12-09, March 31, 2011 – Environmental Clearance; Environmental Clearance Amendment: 2014-05-20

Background

The project is proposed by Bajaj Hindusthan (BHL), a part of the largest Indian sugar and ethanol manufacturing company, the Bajaj Group. In April 2010 the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (now Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited) announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bajaj Hindustan. Under the deal Bajaj would build the plant and sell 90% of the power to the state-owned utility, and stated that the scheduled commissioning date is 2014.[1]

In February 2013, it was reported that Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd had decided to withdraw from its Bargarh power station in Uttar Pradesh following land acquisition related problems. The Bajaj Group said it might consider shifting the Bargarh project as an extension of its Lalitpur power project, which was under construction.[2]

The first unit was commissioned in June 2015. Unit 2 was commissioned in January 2016.[3][4] Unit 3 was commissioned in 2016.[5]

Financing for Phase I (Units 1-3)

In September 2011, a financing agreement for Phase I was closed. US$1.9 billion in loans was provided by IDBI Bank, SBI Capital, Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Federal Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, PTC India Financial Services, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, UCO Bank, Union Bank and United Bank of India.[6]

In January 2015, an additional financing agreement for Phase I was closed. US$194.44 million in loans was provided by the State Bank of India.[7]

In June 2015, a third financing agreement was closed to support the cost overrun requirements of phase I. US$637.09 million in loans was provided by State Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Union Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, United Bank of India, and India Infrastructure Finance Company. SBI Capital Markets served as the financial adviser to the sponsor.[8]

Ownership

The project is owned by Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd, which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group.[9] In March 2017, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd sold its existing 450 MW cogeneration power capacity (power business) to Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd.[10]

Proposed expansion

In 2016, Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited released a pre-feasibility report to expand the power station by an additional 3 x 660 MW. It would be at the same location, be supercritical, and use domestic coal.[11] A terms of reference was issued in December 2016.[12]

The expansion was again awarded a terms of reference on February 19, 2020, meaning it can carry out an EIA.[13]

In June 2022, with no known updates on the expansion or EIA, the project was presumed shelved.[14] There had been no other news on the proposal as of April 2024, and the project was presumed cancelled after four years without development or other activity.

Articles and Resources

References

  1. "Deal inked, Lalitpur power project finally on track", Indian Express.com, April 23 2010.
  2. " Uttar Pradesh loses one more IPP project," Em News Bureau, February 17, 2013.
  3. "Bajaj Group commissions 660 MW power plant at Lalitpur, UP," Press Trust of India, June 9, 2015
  4. "BHEL commissions second 660 MW supercritical thermal unit in Uttar Pradesh," Economic Times, January 18, 2016
  5. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  6. "Lalitpur Power signed | News | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  7. "Preview of Lalitpur Coal-Fired Power Plant Additional Facility 2015 (1980MW) | Transaction | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  8. "Preview of Lalitpur Power Project Cost Overrun Financing | Transaction | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  9. "Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited," company website, accessed June 2017
  10. "Bajaj Hindusthan to sell power business for Rs 1,227 crore to group firm," Indian Express, 22 March 2017
  11. Pre-feasibility report, Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited, 2016
  12. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, Dec 9, 2016
  13. of Reference, India MoEF, February 19, 2020
  14. "IA/UP/THE/137558/2020 - Proposed Expansion Project Phase-II, 3x660 MW of M/s Lalitpur Power Gen. Co. Ltd.," MOEF, accessed June 2022

Additional data

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