North Karanpura power station

From Global Energy Monitor

North Karanpura power station is a proposed 1,980-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station 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 is planned for operation in 2018-2019,[3][4] later moved to 2020-2021,[5] then 2021-2022.[6]


  • 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: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 1,980 MW (Units 1-3: 660 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2021-2022
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Central Coalfields of Coal India
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "NTPC's proposed North Karanpura plant gets back coal linkage," The Economic Times, June 17, 2013.
  2. "Modi launches work in NTPC's 2000 MW N.Karanpura plant," Yahoo, Aug 21, 2014
  3. "NTPC’s first unit in Chatra to start from Feb 2018," The Times of India, Sep 29, 2015
  4. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  5. Broad Status of Thermal Power Plants, India Central Electricity Authority, March 2019
  6. "Broad Status of Thermal Power Plants," India Central Electricity Authority, April 2021

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