Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Project is an existing 600-megawatt (MW) coal fired plant in Chhattisgarh, India, owned and operated by Lanco Infratech. Two additional units of 660 MW each are under construction at the same location.

Location

The satellite photo below shows the project in Pathadi village, Korba district. Planet satellite imagery from March 2018 confirms that the project remains on hold.[1]

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Background

Stage I of the plant, which is owned by Lanco, comprises two 300 megawatt generating units commissioned in 2009 and 2010.[2][3][4]

Lanco sought and gained part funding for the project from the International Finance Corporation.[5]

Proposed expansion

Two additional units of 660 each are under construction, bringing the power station's total final capacity to 1,920 MW.[6][7]

The India government projects the new units will be commissioned in 2017-2018.[8][9]

According to the Broad Status Report, as of October 2016, "Presently no work is going at the site due to financial problems." The report also notes that land acquisition of land for water system is delayed, and that the schedule of implementation will be reassessed once work resumes.[10]

Financing

China Development Bank gave US$200 million Buyers’ Credit for units 3 & 4 (1320 MW) of Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Project, the 1320 MW Babandh power station, and the 1320 MW Vidarbha thermal power station being developed by Lanco Group.[11]

Opposition

The Forest Peoples Programme review on the Lanco Amarkantrak power plant revealed that since 2008, there was no evidence of “genuine broad community support for the project.” Protests and petitions occurred against the LAPPL over employment provisions.[12]

In October 2011, protests from the local villagers occurred against the Lanco Amarkantak power plant because they believe the company in charge, LAPPL, has shown indifference to environmental concerns. A hearing over the power plant was cancelled as a result of these protests. LAPPL has refuted these claims, stating that it was defamation.[13]

In January 7, 2012, violent protests erupted at the public hearing held for the expansion of the Lanco Amarkantak power plant by the Lanco Amarkantak Power Private Limited (LAPPL) company in the town of Korba. The protestors had pelted stones and tried to get into the hearing. The police prevented them and dispersed villagers with lathi-charge and lobbed tear gas shells.[14]

Stages

Stage I:

  • Unit 1 - 300 MW - 2009
  • Unit 2 - 300 MW - 2010

Stage II:

  • Unit 3 - 660 MW
  • Unit 4 - 660 MW

Project Details for Stage II Expansion

Sponsor: Lanco
Location: Pathadi village, Korba district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 22.2420932, 82.7247334 (exact)
Status: Construction on hold
Capacity: 1320 MW (Units 3-4: 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2017-2018
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2: 7,806,085 tons
Source of financing: China Development Bank
Permits: Environmental Clearance extension for unit 4, India MoEF, June 22, 2015

Contact details

Village-Pathadi, P.O-Tilkeja,
Korba 495 674 Chhattisgarh, India
Phone No. +91-7759-279 938/ 915

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Planet slider comparison February - March 2018, retrieved May 2, 2018
  2. Lanco, "Amarkantak Power Project", Lanco website, accessed February 2012.
  3. MONTHLY REPORT ON BROAD STATUS OF THERMAL POWER PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY, Ministry of Power, February 2012
  4. Lanco Amarkantak (Pathadi) Coal Power Plant India, Global Energy Observatory, accessed December 2011
  5. "Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Station: Summary of Proposed Investment", International Finance Corporation website, accessed February 2012.
  6. "Lanco Amarkantak Power Ltd,", Lanco website, accessed Sep 2015
  7. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  8. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," India CEA, November 2015
  9. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," India CEA, July 2016
  10. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, October 2016
  11. "Lanco Infratech to raise US$2 billion from Chinese banks and FIs for power projects," Lanco press release, Nov 26, 2012
  12. “Sustainable development or business as usual?”, Forest Peoples Programme, September 2008.
  13. “Power project’s expansion plan hits green hurdle”, Hindustan Times, October 31, 2011.
  14. “Chhattisgarh: Violence and chaos at Lanco’s expansion plan meet”, Hindustan Times, January 7, 2012.

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