Durgapur DVC power station

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Durgapur DVC power station is a power station in Durgapur steel mill, Durgapur, Bardhaman, West Bengal, India with multiple units of varying statuses none of which are currently operating. It is also known as Durgapur Thermal Power Station (DTPS).

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Durgapur DVC power station Durgapur steel mill, Durgapur, Bardhaman, West Bengal, India 23.531506, 87.249856 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • New Unit, Unit 3, Unit 4: 23.531506, 87.249856

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
New Unit announced[1] coal - unknown 800[2] ultra-supercritical[2] 2029[1]
Unit 3 retired coal - bituminous 140 subcritical 1966 2016
Unit 4 retired coal - bituminous 210 subcritical 1982 2022

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
New Unit Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]
Unit 3 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]
Unit 4 Damodar Valley Corp [100.0%]

Background

Durgapur DVC power station is a retired coal-fired power station.[3]

The first two units were decommissioned in 1985.[4] The power station's Unit 3 was retired in October 2016.[5] Unit 4 was retired by December 2022.[6]

2022: New capacity proposed

In July 2022, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) unveiled a growth roadmap which involved new proposed coal capacity (brownfield expansions), including 800 MW at what was generally referred to as "Durgapur."[7] As of May 2023, there were no additional details about the proposal. Given that there is at least one other DVC plant related to Durgapur – the Durgapur Steel City Andal power station – the expansion could be related to another brownfield location (see Durgapur power station more generally).

In June 2023, it was reported that DVC's chairman had approved 8,000 MW worth of new power plant capacity to be added by 2030, which included an 800 MW thermal power plant in Durgapur.[8] The chairman confirmed that the new power plants were to be brownfield projects, which would "be situated within the boundaries of existing DVC power plants, which already have coal, water, and rail infrastructure."[9] Thus, the new Durgapur plant would likely be built at one of the other DVC-owned Durgapur power stations. According to DVC's list of future projects, updated in January 2024, the unit would be located near Mayabazar in Durgapur.[10]

In January 2024, local news reported that the execution of ground work for the fifth unit at DVC's Durgapur power station was facing construction issues due to "obstruction by slum dwellers" (Google Translate).[11] (The new unit was referred to as "Unit 5," although the first four units at the site have all been retired.) According to reporting, residents had set construction materials on fire at the site to protest the demolition of their slum (occupying the vacant power station site) without compensation by relocation.

Reporting in February 2024 indicated that the 800 MW pipeline project in Durgapur would likely commence operations by 2028-2029.[12] As of April 2024, the project did not yet appear to have begun the formal permitting process with the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20240403031933/https://www.thestatesman.com/bengal/with-144-mt-demand-dvc-mulls-coalmine-in-bengal-1503272844.html. Archived from the original on 03 April 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20240403023653/https://www.dvc.gov.in/cms-web/details-pages/409. Archived from the original on 03 April 2024. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Durgapur Thermal Power Station," Wikipedia, accessed January 2022
  4. Durgapur Thermal Power Station (DTPS), Damodar Valley Corporation, Web archive snapshot: May 16, 2010
  5. "Pollution from Coal-based Power Plants," LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2059, 2021
  6. "All India installed capacity (in MW) of power stations," CEA, as on 31.12.2022
  7. "DVC Draws Up Rs 50,000 Cr Expansion Plan To Double Power Capacity," Business World, July 19, 2022
  8. "DVC to double power generation by 2030: Chairman," Energy World, June 12, 2023
  9. "DVC plans 8,000MW power plants in 7 years," ConstructionWorld, June 13, 2023
  10. Future Projects, Damodar Valley Corporation, Last updated: January 4, 2024. Accessed: April 2, 2024
  11. Durgapur Thermal Power Station : পুনর্বাসনের দাবিতে আগুন, নতুন ইউনিট নির্মাণে বাধা, Ei Samay, January 28, 2024
  12. With 144 MT demand DVC mulls coalmine in Bengal, The Statesman, February 25, 2024

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