Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project is a proposed 4,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Jharkhand, India.

Location

The map below shows the location where the plant would be built in Deoghar District, at about 9 to 10 kilometers North-west of the Madhupur town and 16 kms from Deoghar town.

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Background

Deoghar Mega Power Limited, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation, was incorporated in 2012 as a Special Purpose vehicle for setting up the 4000 MW power station. Coal will be sourced domestically, from captive coal blocks in Rajmahal or a nearby coalfield. Estimated annual total consumptive water requirement for the plant is about 110 Million Cubic Meter (MCM)/year.[1]

In December 2012 the project was recommended for a terms of reference. The proposed project will be spread over 2,600 acres covering Husainabad and 10 other villages, in the district of Deoghar. Land acquisition would affect 450 families consisting of around 2,500 people. Estimated coal required for the project will be around 18 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).[2]

In May 2014 it was reported that coal for the UMPP would likely be sourced from Jharkhand.[3]

In January 2016 Jharkhand energy secretary S.K. Rahate said he hoped the bidding for Deoghar UMPP would be done in the next financial year (from April 1). Hans India reports the project is suffering from land bottlenecks, as the 2,600-acre project area includes both forest and raiyati (private) land.[4]

In March 2016 the India government said it planned to bid out three ultra mega power projects that year: Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu, Bedabahal in Odisha and Banka in Bihar. Deoghar was not included.[5]

In July 2016 it was reported that as many as 31 villages could be submerged if water for the project is drawn from the Ajay River, due to the need to build dams on the river to provide cooling water.[6]

The company released a Pre Feasibility Report in February 2019 and moved the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for Terms of Reference in March 2019.[7][8]

In April 2019, it appeared the project appeared deferred after the government requested information regarding the project's Forest Clearance application and details regarding the consultant(s) engaged.[9]

In June 2019, the government invited technical bids for the plant.[10]

In March 2022, the President of Santhal Pargana Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “Until and unless the state government initiates concrete measures to increase the power production the [energy shortage] situation is likely to continue and would like to point out that the proposed Ultra Mega Power Project of Deoghar of around 4000 megawatt is still to take off due to land issue.”[11]

Project Details

Articles and resources

References

  1. Pre-feasibility report, Tata Consulting, October 15, 2012
  2. "TOR recommended for Ultra Mega Power Project at Deoghar, Jharkhand," CMIE, December 11, 2012
  3. "Narendra Modi government to boost power capacity with 4 ultra-mega projects," Indian Express, May 21, 2014
  4. "Jharkhand's Big power projects clouded in uncertainty," IANS, January 18, 2016
  5. "Energiser for mega power projects," Telegraph, March 1, 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Water supply facilities for Deoghar UMPP could submerge 31 villages: IIT report," Indian Power Sector, July 27, 2016
  7. "Pre Feasibility Report For 4000 MW Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Plant," Deoghar Mega Power Limited, February 28, 2019
  8. "Issuance of Terms of Reference," Deoghar Mega Power Limited, March 7, 2019
  9. "Appendix I," MOEF, accessed January 2022
  10. "Govt invites technical bids for 4,000 MW Deoghar UMPP - The Financial Express". Financial Express. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  11. "Acute power crisis affects normal life across the state," Telegraph India, March 27, 2022

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