Dhopave Thermal Power Station (Mahagenco)

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Dhopave Thermal Power Station (Mahagenco) is a cancelled power station in Dhopave, Guhagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Dhopave Thermal Power Station (Mahagenco) Dhopave, Guhagar, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India 17.55829, 73.192694 (approximate)

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 660 supercritical
Unit 2 cancelled coal - unknown 660 supercritical
Unit 3 cancelled coal - unknown 660 supercritical
Unit 4 cancelled coal - unknown 800 supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd (MAHAGENCO) [100.0%]
Unit 2 Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd (MAHAGENCO) [100.0%]
Unit 3 Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd (MAHAGENCO) [100.0%]
Unit 4 Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd (MAHAGENCO) [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Permit(s): Terms of Reference: 2010-10-12


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Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco), a Maharashtra government owned company, is seeking a private company to build the power station.[1]

The power station is proposed to be built at MIDC’s Veldur Industrial Area near Dhopave (Dhopawe) Village, in Ratnagiri district. The project will require a jetty in the Anjanwel Bay of the Vashishti river.[2]

Change from 3200 MW to 1980 MW

Originally the project was planned to be 1600 MW (2 x 800 MW). The project capacity was changed to 3200 MW (4 x 800 MW) while obtaining the Terms of Reference. After revision of the ToR, the fourth unit was cancelled and the remaining units were downsized to 660 MW each, leaving the project at 1980 MW.[2]

Citizen opposition

It was reported in October 2012 that Dhopave, which has a small population of 2000 people, is being pursued for land acquisition for the Dhopave Thermal Power Station. IndiaBeyondCoal reported, "Dhopave’s villagers became aware of the plant at a public hearing in 2007. Realizing the dangerous effects of coal ash and the hot water on the local ecosystem, the villagers sprung to action and took to protest against the power plant. Adopting various means to achieve their cause, the villagers made sure the state revenue department and other officials could not enter the village for any survey by laying down on the roads. Mahagenco currently has been denied permissions to set up based on environmental grounds. The locals have pitched the government for power from renewable sources of energy and are not willing to compromise on their environment and health for coal-based energy."[3]

Landowner resistance

According to a November 2010 company presentation, land acquisition has been partially completed, but the project has been delayed because of resistance of some land owners to relinquishing their property.[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, "Expressions of Interest", Maharashtra State Power Generation Company website, May 28, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Presentation on present status of power projects in Western Ghat of Maharashtra," Mahagenco, November 11, 2010
  3. "Dhopave stands up against coal" IndiaBeyondCoal, October 27, 2012.

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