Koradi Thermal Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Koradi Thermal Power Station is a 2,400-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Maharashtra, India. An old 210 MW unit is also operating

An additional 1,320 MW expansion is also proposed.

Location

The power station is located at Koradi in Nagpur district of Maharashtra state, India. The satellite photo below shows the three new units of the plant. The existing plant is adjacent to the new units toward the north.

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Original Units 1-6

The power station is owned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL), a Maharashtra government-owned company. The first four units of 105 MW each were commissioned from 1974 to 1976 and retired in 2010.[1][2] Unit 5 of 200 MW was commissioned in 1978 and retired in March 2017.[3]

Units 6-7 of 210 MW each were commissioned in 1982-1983. They were still operating as of 2017.[2] However, Unit 7 retired in August 2021.[4][5]

New Units 8-10

In 2013, MSPGCL stated on its website that the addition of 1,980MW at the Koradi Thermal Power Station was under construction. The expansion would comprise three 660MW units referred to as Units 8, 9 and 10.[6][7][8][9]

Unit 8 completed a trial run in May 2015.[10] According to the Ministry of Energy, unit 8 commissioned on March 30, 2015.[11]

Unit 9 was commissioned in March 2016.[12]

Unit 10 was commissioned in December 2016.[13]

Proposed Units 11-12

On May 21, 2019, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) applied for a 2 x 660 MW expansion at the power station, to be built at the site of the retired units 1-5.[14]

In December 2019, EAC refused to grant clearance for the plant expansion, citing failure to install flue gas desulphuriser (FGD) at the existing units to control pollution.[15]

In June 2020, it was reported the the state cabinet decided to defer the planned expansion, due to revenue shortfall and public opposition. Additionally, the failure of Mahagenco to install pollution controls on the existing Koradi units was making it difficult for the company to secure permits for the expansion.[16]

However, shortly after the June 2020 announcement, and despite the Union environment ministry citing Mahagenco for pollution non-compliances, the expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the ministry granted terms of reference (TOR) for environmental clearance of the proposed expansion.[15]

Coal linkage

In 2015, the proposed new units did not have a long-term coal linkage. In April 2015, Western Coalfields Limited agreed to supply coal to one of the new Koradi units on temporary basis until it gets a permanent linkage.[17]

Air pollution

The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MOEFCC) made installation of FGD on one 660 MW unit mandatory in the environmental clearance granted to the three 660 MW units in 2010. However, Mahagenco had still not installed a single FGD in 2021.[18]

In April 2017, it was reported that the three new 660 MW units at the Koradi plant exceeded sulphur dioxide pollution limits set by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change by over five times. Data supplied by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for the units initially claimed the plants met standards, even though they have not been fitted with flue gas desulphurisation units. The discrepancy, which was revealed by a local activist, prompted Modi to demand an investigation. However, as of the time of the reporting the MPCB has taken no enforcement action.[19]

Lawsuit pending

In 2021, Krishi Vigyan Arogya Sanstha through its president Omprakash Jajodia, Kisan Manch through its general secretary Pratap Goswami, and veteran environmentalist Pradyumna Sahasrabhojanee filed a petition highlighting various violations of the environmental clearance that was granted to the power plant in 2010 and amended in 2017, including FGD, fly ash, and water use requirements. Taking serious note of the hazardous public health and environmental impact caused by Koradi, the Pune bench of National Green Tribunal admitted the petition. The petitioners stated various demands, including quashing the terms of reference (ToR) issued to the proposed 2x660 MW expansion and to "issue directives to demolish the work already undertaken."[20][21]

Opposition

In September 2011, the National Green Tribunal asked the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to assess the supposed radiation caused by power plants, such as the Koradi power plant. The order was prompted by residents of Kordai town near Nagpu in Maharashtra opposing the expansion of the Koradi power plant. They were worried about the increased radiation from thermal power plants, like Koradi.[22]

The Bengaluru-based start-up, Jhatkaa.org, launched an online petition against the expansion of the Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS). The petition is titled,“Scrap the Koradi power unit expansion,” and addressed to the state chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, and energy minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule. The petition highlights how there is a water crisis that would be exacerbated by the expansion of KTPS. The organizer wants the petition to reach more public exposure.[23]

On July 18, 2019, protestors voiced opposition against the KTPS expansion, claiming that pollution from KTPS would “sound a death knell for the city.” The protestors included 35 environmental organizations and individuals, such as the Vidarbha Environmental Action Group (VEAG).[24]

A 2021 report by Centre for Sustainable Development, Asar, and Manthan Adhyayan Kendra detailed the devastating impacts of pollution from the Koradi and Khaparkheda coal plants owned.[25][26]

Project Details for units 8-12

Sponsor: Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL)
Location: Koradi village, Nagpur district, Maharashtra
Coordinates: 21.2359824, 79.0919495 (exact)
Status: Units 8-10: Operating, Units 11-12: Pre-permitted
Capacity: Units 8-10: 2,400 MW (3 x 660 MW), Units 11-12: 1,200 MW (2 x 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Start year: 2015 (Unit 8), 2016 (Units 9-10)
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Environmental Clearance for units 8, 9 & 10, India MoEF, January 4, 2010; TOR for unit 11-12, India MoEF, June 26, 2022]

Resources

References

  1. "Koradi Thermal Power Station". Government of Maharashtra. Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited. Archived from the original on 7 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, "Installed Capacity", Maharashtra State Power Generation Company website, accessed November 2017
  3. "Replacement of Old & inefficient thermal units by supercritical units- Decommissioning & retirement of Mahagenco's 200MW Unit 5 of Koradi TPS" (PDF). Central Electricity Authority. 21 Apr 2017.
  4. "Retirement of Unit No 7," CEA, September 2, 2021
  5. "Installed Capacity," CEA, September 2021
  6. "Ongoing Projects," Mahagenco website, accessed October 2013
  7. "Ninth unit of Koradi power plant becomes functional," Nagpur Today, Jan 17, 2015
  8. Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, February 2015
  9. "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
  10. "New Koradi, Chanda power units to start soon," Times of India, May 17, 2015
  11. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, November 2015
  12. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  13. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, December 2016
  14. Form 1, India MoEF, May 21, 2019
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Env min issues notice to Koradi, then OKs TOR". The Times of India. 2020-06-09. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  16. "State stays Koradi plant expansion, greens rejoice | Nagpur News - Times of India". The Times of India. 2020-06-07. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  17. "WCL to give coal for two new Genco units," Times of India, April 19, 2015
  18. "KTPS floats tender for installing FGDs on 3 units," Times of India, February 22, 2021
  19. "Koradi power plant clarification reveals SO2 levels," TNN, April 22, 2017
  20. "NGT pulls up environment min, MPCB, genco for KTPS violations, issues notice," Times of India, September 19, 2021
  21. "Case Number: Original Application No. 62/2021 (Western Zone)," NGT, registered 19-08-2021, accessed January 2022
  22. “Green tribunal seeks details on radiation from thermal power plants,” Down to Earth, September 27, 2011
  23. “Online petition against Koradi power plant expansion gathers momentum,” The Economic Times India, July 27, 2019
  24. “Nagpur: Activists oppose expansion of Koradi Thermal Power Station,” The Indian Express, July 20, 2019
  25. "POLLUTED POWER: How Koradi & Khaperkheda Thermal Power Stations are Impacting the Environment," Centre for Sustainable Development, Asar, and Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, November 2021
  26. "Villages around Nagpur drinking heavy metal contaminated water due to pollution from Koradi & Khaparkheda Power Plants: Study," Nagpur Today, November 19, 2021

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