Neyveli Thermal Power Station I

From Global Energy Monitor

The Neyveli Thermal Power Station project is a 670-megawatt lignite-fired thermal power station that is owned and operated by NLC India Limited in Tamil Nadu, India.


The power station is located near Neyveli village in Cuddalore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Units 1-9

The power station, which originally comprised six 50MW units and three 100MW units, was commissioned between 1962 and 1970. Lignite for the power project is supplied from the Neyveli lignite mine, which is owned and operated by NLC.[1]

Units 10-11

In the mid-1990's the government approved the expansion of the Neyveli Thermal Power Station by two 210 MW units. The new units were commissioned in September 2002 and March 2003. Lignite for the new units was catered from a 4 million tonne a year expansion of the existing Neyveli lignite mine.[2]


Unit 7 of Neyveli (100 MW) was retired in February 2019.[3]

Unit 1 (50 MW) and unit 9 (100 MW) were retired in March 2020.[4]

Units 5 and 6 (50 MW each) were retired in September 2020,[5] bringing the capacity of the plant to 670 MW.

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  1. Neyveli Lignite Corporation, "Thermal plants: TPS - I", Neyveli Lignite Corporation website, accessed January 2012.
  2. Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Thermal units: TPS - I Expansion", Neyveli Lignite Corporation website, accessed January 2012.
  3. Installed capacity, India CEA, February 2019
  4. Installed capacity, India CEA, March 2020
  5. Installed capacity, India CEA, September 2020