Kadapa Steel power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Kadapa Steel power station is a 60-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station that has been permitted in Kadapa, the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.[1]

Location

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station in Kadapa, the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Background

The Kadapa steel power plant was originally proposed in 2014. There were originally two proposals: one was driven by Swiss company IMR Metallurgical Resources-AG, who proposed to set up a 10-million-tonne capacity steel plant in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, and one very similar proposal coming from the state government.[2] A feasibility report that was submitted by the group SAIL in December 2014 deduced that, given the current configuration of the plants, the projects were not financially viable. In March 2016, a new task force meeting was held to re-examine the feasibility report.[1] After the initial feasibility report was released, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP CM Ramesh and MLC BTech Ravi went on a hunger strike to protest the suggestions, arguing that the steel plant would bring strong economic benefits to their region.[3]

The steel plant continued to be discussed. In December 2019, the state government finalized the project and announced it would go through, but at a capacity of 3 million tonnes of steel per year. In March 2020, a potential partnership with Hyundai was announced, where the auto manufacturer said it was willing to invest about ₹15,000 crore (~2 billion USD) into the Kadapa steel plant to support their automobile manufacturing plant in Chennai, India.[4] Other companies such as Tata Steels and Essar Steels also came forward to work on the project; eventually, in 2021, Essar was given the contract to build and operate the steel plant.[5]

According to the state government, the plant will directly and indirectly employ around 25,000 people. To build the plant, the state took over more than 3000 acres of land, spread across two villages.[5]

Unfortunately, there is still very little information on the captive coal power plant that will power the facility.

Environmental Clearance

In December 2020, the Andhra Pradesh government sent the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) a proposal for the steel plant, which was approved in January 2021.[6] The MoEFCC outlined 24 conditions for the plant to fulfill in order to meet environmental standards; these included controlling air, water, and noise pollution, developing a green belt around the facility, and more. The state government has earmarked at least ₹1,815 crore (~$244 million USD) for these initiatives.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Bramhani Industries
  • Parent company: Bramhani Industries
  • Location: Kadapa, the state of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Coordinates: 14.6973, 78.4594 (approx.)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (permitted): 60 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 30 MW (start-up in 2021)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 30 MW (start-up in 2021)

Articles and Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Meet soon on Kadapa steel plant: MP". The Hindu. July 21, 2016. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  2. "Another steel plant coming up in Andhra Pradesh - ET Auto". ET Auto. June 16, 2020. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  3. "Kadapa steel plant protest gains steam". The New Indian Express. June 25, 2018. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  4. Raghavendra, V (March 3, 2020). "Kadapa steel plant: Govt.trying to rope in Hyundai". The Hindu. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Andhra Pradesh govt ties up with Essar to develop steel plant in Kadapa". www.constructionworld.in. May 6, 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  6. "Environmental clearances for Kadapa Steel Plant". The Hindu. March 10, 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  7. "₹1,815 cr. for environment protection at Kadapa steel plant". The Hindu. March 21, 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-24.