North Karanpura power station

From Global Energy Monitor

North Karanpura power station is a 1,980-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under development in Jharkhand, India.


The satellite photo below shows the location of the project in Jharkhand, approximately 80 km south of Patni.

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The power station was proposed in 1999, but the coal and power ministries disagreed about the location of the plant, as the Coal Ministry contended that the area has 6 billion tonnes of coal reserves underneath, the North Karanpura Coalfield. The Coal Ministry withdrew coal linkages in 2008, and stated that executing a power plant over the proposed site would pose a threat to the environment. A Group of Ministers on coal constituted a sub-committee in September 2011 to look into the issue. In Feb 2013, the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) rejected relocation of the project and cleared its proposal. In June 2013 the Coal Ministry restored the coal linkage to Central Coalfields of Coal India.[1]

Construction began in August 2014.[2] The power station was planned for operation in 2018-2019,[3][4] later moved to 2020-2021,[5] 2021-2022,[6] 2022-2023 (trial runs),[7] and then 2022-2024.[8][9]

On July 27, 2022, the government's re-constituted Expert Appraisal Committee for thermal power granted the power station an Environmental Clearance Amendment regarding various issues such as the air pollution monitoring system, public hearing items, establishment of a Power Engineering College, and more.[10]

On December 26, 2022, it was reported that NTPC had achieved successful power generation and transmission trials at full load for Unit 1 and that electricity generated from this first trial was sent to India’s national grid. Regular production for the plant’s first unit was expected to begin in February 2023, after an expenditure estimated at INR150bn (US$1.8bn).[11]


  • 1999 - Power station proposed
  • 2008 - Coal Ministry withdraws coal linkage
  • 2011 - Group of Ministers on coal constitute a sub-committee to look into the issue
  • 2013 - Project cleared by Cabinet Committee on Investment and coal link to Coal India restored
  • 2014 - Construction began

Project Details

  • Sponsor: NTPC
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Tandwa town, Chatra district, Jharkhand
  • Coordinates: 23.8507722, 85.0124109 (exact)
  • Status: Unit 1: Operating, Units 2-3: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 1,980 MW (Units 1-3: 660 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: Unit 1: 2022, Units 2-3: 2023-2024
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Central Coalfields of Coal India
  • Source of financing:

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