Muzaffarpur power station

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The Muzaffarpur power station, also known as the Kanti power station, is a 610-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station at Muzaffarpur, Bihar state, India.


In the undated satellite photo below, the existing 220 MW station appears on the left, and the two new units appear on the right. The plant is located 90 km away from Patna, the capital of Bihar.

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The power station is owned and operated by Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam, which was initially a joint venture of Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) and the National Thermal Power Corporation. On July 29.06.2018, NTPC Limited acquired the total shares held by Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited turning it into a wholly owned subsidiary.[1]

First started in 1985, Kanti Power Plant has an installed capacity of 110×2 MW. The plant came into existence in 1985 with the efforts of then MP of Muzaffarpur, George Fernandes.[2][3][4]

The plant had not been functional since 2003.[5] Units 1 and 2 were planned for modernization to extend the plant's life.[6][7]

In March 2013, the renovation work of unit 1 was completed. It started commercial production on November 1, 2013 by supplying 94 MW, its first generation in 11 years.[8][9]

Unit 2 re-entered operation in May 2017.[10]


Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Date of Commisioning Status
1 110 1985 Running
2 110 1985 Running
3 195 May 2015 Running
4 195 January 2017 Running
Total 610

Proposed expansion

A 390 megawatt (MW) coal-fired expansion of the project is under construction. The project comprises two 2 x 195MW units. It is proposed that the new units at the existing power station be commissioned by 2014.[11] As of August 2014, the scheduling for Units 3 and 4 had been extended to 2015 and 2016 respectively.[12]

Unit 3 was commissioned in May 2015.[13] Unit 4 was synchronized in March 2016,[14] and was commissioned in January 2017.[15]

Financing for Units 3 and 4

Units 3 and 4 were financed by a US$409,818,312 loan from a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India that included Canara Bank, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. and United Bank of India.[16][17]


The power station is owned and operated by Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam, a joint venture of Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) and the National Thermal Power Corporation. Present equity holding is 64.57% by NTPC & 35.43% by BSEB.[18]

In May 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Bihar and NTPC for NTPC to assume full ownership of the Muzaffarpur power station, the Nabinagar Super Thermal Power Project, and the Barauni Thermal Power Station. Muzaffarpur is considered a "stressed, non-performing asset." The MoU is to improve the performance of Bihar's power sector.[19]

Project Details for 390 MW expansion

Sponsor: Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam
Parent company: NTPC
Location: Kanti village, Muzaffarpur district, Bihar
Coordinates: 26.1947708, 85.3033018 (exact)
Status: Operating
Nameplate capacity: Unit 3: 195 MW; Unit 4: 195 MW
Projected in service: Unit 3: 2015; Unit 4: 2017
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing: Units 3 and 4: US$409,818,312 in debt from State Bank of India, Canara Bank, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. and United Bank of India[16][17]

Resources and articles

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  1. "Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd Annual Report 2018-19, P. 3" (PDF).
  2. TNN. "Barh, Karanpura projects leave questions unanswered - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  3. TNN Apr 25, 2004, 03.30am IST (2004-04-25). "George hopes for a smooth comeback - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-11-05.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. "The Telegraph - Calcutta : Nation". 2004-04-26. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  5. "Trial Run Successful at renovated Kanti Thermal Power Station". Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. Bihar State Electricity Board, "Overview: Power Generation Status", Bihar State Electricity Board website, accessed October 2013.
  7. "Kanit, Barauni power plants to be ready by December". Business Standard. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  8. Anand Raj (1999-03-01). "Power trickle boost to energy". Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  9. "500MW power plant at Kanti soon: Nitish". Times Of India.
  10. "Thermal power plants at Muzzafarpur and Badh starts commercial operation," India Infoline News Service, May 2, 2017
  11. Bihar State Electricity Board, "Overview: New Projects", Bihar State Electricity Board, accessed October 2013.
  12. "NTPC Investor Presentation August 2014,"
  13. "Bhel commissions 195MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in India," Power Technology, May 5, 2015
  14. "Fourth unit of NTPC-Bihar govt owned 195-Mw plant synchronised," Press Trust of India, March 25, 2016
  15. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2017
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Directors' Report" (PDF). NTPC. 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Financial closure for Kanti stage II of NTPC". NTPC. September 28, 2011.
  18. "'Raise Kanti chimney height' - Times Of India". 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  19. "NTPC set to take over one stressed, two under-construction power projects in Bihar," Hindu Business Line, May 15, 2018
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