Kolaghat Thermal Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Kolaghat Thermal Power Station is a major thermal power station in West Bengal, India. The power plant is operated by West Bengal Power Development Corporation. The power plant has six units of 210 MW each for a total capacity of 1260 MW.


The Kolaghat Thermal Power Station in Mecheda, West Bengal. It is located at Mecheda, approx. 55 km from Kolkata in the Purba Medinipur district.

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The Kolaghat Thermal Power Station (KTPP) was established during India's sixth plan period (1980-85). When the plant first became operational KTPP had only one 210 MW unit. The plant's first expansion took place in 1985 when an additional five 210 MW units were added in two stages. Currently the plant has a total of six units with a capacity of 1260 MW. The units were commissioned in two stages during the period of 1984 to 1995.[1]

West Bengal Power Development Corporation is reportedly rebuilding its three oldest units at an estimated cost of 1000 crore. As of 2011 the West Bengal government was in talks with the World Bank for partial funding of the project. If funding is fulfilled, construction could begin as early as 2014. Project officials expect updates to the three units to be completed 2017.[1]

Citizen opposition

In October 2007, Greenpeace India activists scaled a 250 foot smokestack spewing carbon dioxide at the Kolaghat coal fired power station. They paint the message "SMOKING KILLS" The activists had been charged with criminal trespass and violation of the West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act of 1972. The West Bengal district court denied bail requests from the activists' who have been remanded in a correctional jail.[2][3]

Project details

Sponsor: West Bengal Power Development Corporation
Location: Mecheda, West Bengal
Coordinates: 22.417625,87.8739347 (exact)
Status: Operating
Nameplate capacity: 1260 MW (6 units x 210 MW)
Projected in service:
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Following is the unit wise capacity of the plant.[4]

Stage Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Date of Commissioning Status
I 1 210 September 1990 Operational
I 2 210 March 1986 Operational
I 3 210 October 1984 Operational
II 4 210 April 1995 Operational
II 5 210 May 1991 Operational
II 6 210 January 1994 Operational

Resources and articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kolaghat Thermal Power Plant, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India" Environmental Justice Atlas, accessed May 5, 2014.
  2. "Smoking kills - Kolaghat coal plant protest" Greenpeace, October 11, 2007
  3. "Greenpeace climate activists refused bail in India, as Al Gore and IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize for raising global climate awareness" Greenpeace, October 12, 2007.
  4. "Kolaghat Thermal Power Station".

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