Kamakhyanagar power station

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Kamakhyanagar power station is a proposed 2,400-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Odisha, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of the project in Kamakhyanagar taluk, as identified in the EIA.[1]

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Background on Plant

The power plant, with a total of 2,400 MW capacity, will be developed in three phases, with each phase having 800 MW capacity. The project received a terms of reference toward an environmental permit in 2013.[2]

In 2014, project sponsor Odisha Thermal Power Corporation (OTPCL) acquired private land at a cost of Rs 184.52 crore for the power station. The project, estimated to cost Rs 17,000 crore, will come up over 1,767.90 acre. Of the total required land, 1,074.95 acre is private land, in 10 project-affected villages. The company has inked the power purchase agreement for the project with Gridco.[3]

In May 2015, state-owned OTPCL said it was willing to offer 49% equity in the project to NTPC. It was also reported that OTPCL had been allotted the Tentuloi coal block with reserve of 1,234 million tonnes of coal, but the coal was not commercially viable.[4]

In December 2015, OTPCL sought an extension on its terms of reference (ToR) for the project and to alter its coal block allocation from Tentuloi coal block to the Chhendipada and Chhendipada-II coal blocks, which the company said would be less costly to mine.[5] The ToR extension was granted on November 8, 2016.[6] The company applied for environmental clearance on March 1, 2017, which was granted on December 10, 2019.[7]

Financing

The Odisha Mining Corporation and Odisha Hydro Power Corporation both agreed to provide US$270 million each in equity towards the project, while the rest of the cost will be funded through loans.[8]

Coal supply

The Ministry of Coal (MoC) had originally allocated the Tentuloi coal block to fuel the plant with reserves of 1,200 million tonnes. But the coal reserves are underground with tough to extract conditions, which would escalate the costs of power production. The Coal Ministry has reportedly offered two alternative blocks, but OTPCL has said those conditions are also difficult and expensive. According to a state government official, "the ministry is hesitant to award any other block."[9]

Project Details

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References

  1. "Environmental Impact Assessment & Environmental Management Plan," February 2017
  2. Terms of reference, India MoEF, March 5, 2013.
  3. "OTPCL acquires private land for Kamakhyanagar power plant," Projects Today, Feb 12, 2014.
  4. "Odisha open to concede 49% stake to NTPC in OTPCL plant," Business Standard, May 6, 2015
  5. "Extension of Validity of ToR," OTPC, Dec 4, 2015
  6. Terms of reference extension, India MoEF, Nov 8, 2016
  7. Environmental clearance, India MoEF, December 10, 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 "OTPCL – Kamakhyanagar Thermal Power Plant 3200 MW – Odisha - Project Profile". www.marketresearch.com. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  9. "Coal block uncertainty casts shadow on Odisha Thermal Power project," Business Standard, May 4, 2017

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