Darlipali power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Darlipali power station, also known as Darlipali STPS, is a 1,600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by NTPC in Odisha, India.

Two additional phases were also proposed at the site, with at least one 800 MW unit under consideration in 2022.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant near the village of Darlipali in the Sundargarh district.

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In 2012, it was reported that the Odisha government may set up a special land acquisition cell to speed up takeover of private land for a 4,800 MW super thermal power plant proposed by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Darlipali in Sundergarh district. The 4,800 MW power plant would be commissioned in three phases of 1,600 MW (2x800) each. All the three phases were scheduled to be commissioned by the end of the 12th Plan period (2016-17).[1]

Phase I

In September 2011, BGR Energy Systems announced that it had won the contract from NTPC to supply the supercritical steam turbine generator units for the project.[2][3]

Phase I (2 x 800 MW) received environmental clearance in February 2014.[4] The two units are under construction,[5] and planned for operation in 2018.[6][7] As of March 2017, commissioning was still scheduled for 2018-2019.[8][9]

In January 2019, it was reported that unit 1 was planned for commissioning in March 2019.[10]

Unit 1 became operational on December 31, 2019. Unit 2 was planned for operation in 2020.[11]

Unit 2 was synchronized in March 2021.[12] CEA reported the unit was commissioned in July 2021[13] and NTPC declared it was commissioned effective September 1, 2021.[14]

Phases II and III stalled

As of 2014, Phases II and III were delayed due to land acquisition problem, and NTPC had started looking for alternative sites outside the state.[15]

The site has been the subject of various Forest Clearance proposals since at least 2011. Some early Forest Clearance application documents referenced Phases I and II for a total proposed project of 3,200 MW, indicating that Phase III plans were likely abandoned early on.[16]

Phase II, Unit 3 revived

In January 2021, the Executive Director of the project said talks for setting up a third unit has "just begun." More land would be required in case it was decided to go for another unit, he added.[17]

In November 2022, it was reported that NTPC was resolving forest land issues and that if those were "cleared early," work for the 800 MW expansion would be awarded by FY 2024.[18]

In a Forest Clearance submission from November 2022 (FP/OR/THE/406244/2022), the proposal explained: "Considering the recent power demand trends and retirement of older units (sub-critical) in response to emission norms dated: 07.12.2015& Govt. policy regarding retirement of less efficient older units, the proposal for setting up unit of 800 MW (Ultra-super critical) would help in reducing the generation of greenhouse gases by adopting relatively high efficiency technologies. (...) PPA was already signed for earlier envisaged Stg-II (2x800 MW) along with Stg-I PPA. Re-consent to be obtained & supplementary PPA to be signed with beneficiaries of Eastern Region/ other region(s) for allocation of power from this project."[19]

Funding for Phase I

In January 2014, the NTPC Board of Directors approved an investment of US$1,699,065,518 in the project.[20][21]


In 2012, it was reported that villagers held a protest meeting seeking cancellation of the project. Other villagers were reported to be eager for the plant to be built but wanted land compensation rates to be increased.[22]

Project Details

Sponsor: NTPC
Location: Darlipali village, Lephripara taluk, Sundergarh district, Odisha
Coordinates: 21.9635543, 83.8918698 (exact)
Status: Units 1-2: Operating, Unit 3: Announced, Units 4-6: Cancelled
Capacity: 6 x 800 MW
Type: Units 1-2: Supercritical, Unit 3: Ultra-supercritical
Start year: 2019 (Unit 1), 2021 (Unit 2)
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Dulanga coal mine and Pakri Barwadih Coal Blocks
Source of financing: Units 1-2: US$1,699,065,518 in equity from NTPC[20]
Permits and applications: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 17, 2014

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Articles and resources


  1. Jayajit Dash, "State may create special LA cell for NTPC project", Business Standard, January 26, 2012.
  2. "BGR bas Rs.3,600 cr NTPC contract," The Hindu, September 17, 2011
  3. "NTPC to invest Rs24000 crore in two new projecs in Odisha," DNA, March 3, 2012
  4. Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 17, 2014.
  5. Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, February 2015
  6. "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
  7. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  8. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, March 2017
  9. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, Feb 2018
  10. "NTPC to synchronise 800 Mw unit of Darlipalli thermal power plant by March," BS, January 29, 2019
  11. "800-MW unit of NTPC's Darlipali plant becomes operational". PSU Watch. 2019-12-31. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  12. "Broad Status of Thermal Power Plants," India Central Electricity Authority, April 2021
  13. "Installed Capacity," CEA, July 2021
  14. "NTPC declares commercial operation of 800 MW Unit-2 of Darlipali STPS," Business Standard, August 31, 2021
  15. "Super Thermal Power Project in Offing," Indian Express, Jan 19, 2014.
  16. "Form A," Forest Clearance document, undated
  17. "National Thermal Power Corporation to commission Darlipali second unit by March-end," New Indian Express, January 11, 2021
  18. “NTPC finalises contracts for 4 thermal power projects,” Construction World, November 3, 2022
  19. "Forest Diversion Proposal for the Construction of Additional Reservoir and Unit-III of NTPC Darlipali," FP/OR/THE/406244/2022, November 2022
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Super Thermal Power Project in Offing". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  21. "NTPC to invest Rs24000 crore in two new projects in Odisha". DNA India. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  22. "Expedite thermal project, plead affected villagers," New Indian Express, September 17, 2012

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