Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project

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Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project is a cancelled power station in Husainabad, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project Husainabad, Deoghar, Jharkhand, India 24.36, 86.597778 (exact)

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 24.36, 86.597778

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled[1] coal - unknown 4000 supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Deoghar Mega Power Ltd [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): domestic
  • Permit(s): Terms of Reference Application: 2012-10-15


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.[2]

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).[3]

In May 2014 it was reported that coal for the UMPP would likely be sourced from Jharkhand.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

The company released a Pre Feasibility Report in February 2019 and moved the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for Terms of Reference in March 2019.[8][9]

In April 2019, the project appeared deferred after the government requested information regarding the project's Forest Clearance application and details regarding the consultant(s) engaged.[10]

In June 2019, the government invited bids to appoint a technical consultant for the plant.[11] However, progress of the bidding process was not evident.

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.”[12] In an article that appeared dated November 2022, reporting referenced "an atmosphere of joy on the information about the start of the tender process of the Ultra Mega Power Project" (Google Translate).[13]

However, as of September 2023 the project's proposal status on the Ministry's website was still stated as 'Delisted ToR'[14] and there was no other news on the project's progress. With no real progress on the project's development since June 2019, the project was presumed to be cancelled.

Articles and Resources


  1. Archived from the original on 25 January 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. Pre-feasibility report, Tata Consulting, October 15, 2012
  3. "TOR recommended for Ultra Mega Power Project at Deoghar, Jharkhand," CMIE, December 11, 2012
  4. "Narendra Modi government to boost power capacity with 4 ultra-mega projects," Indian Express, May 21, 2014
  5. "Jharkhand's Big power projects clouded in uncertainty," IANS, January 18, 2016
  6. "Energiser for mega power projects," Telegraph, March 1, 2016
  7. "Water supply facilities for Deoghar UMPP could submerge 31 villages: IIT report," Indian Power Sector, July 27, 2016
  8. "Pre Feasibility Report For 4000 MW Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Plant," Deoghar Mega Power Limited, February 28, 2019
  9. "Issuance of Terms of Reference," Deoghar Mega Power Limited, March 7, 2019
  10. "Appendix I," MOEF, accessed January 2022
  11. "Govt invites technical bids for 4,000 MW Deoghar UMPP - The Financial Express". Financial Express. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2020-06-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Acute power crisis affects normal life across the state," Telegraph India, March 27, 2022
  13. "अल्ट्रा मेगा पावर प्रोजेक्ट का टेंडर प्रक्रिया शुरू होनेकी सूचना पर हर्षका माहौल-संप चैम्बर," Live Hindustan, November 11, 2022
  14. "4000 MW Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project". Retrieved Sept. 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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