Pegadapalli (Jaipur Mandal) power station

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Pegadapalli (Jaipur Mandal) power station is an operating power station of at least 1200-megawatts (MW) in Pagadapalli, Jaipur, Adilabad, Telangana, India with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating. It is also known as Adilabad power station, Jaipur power station, Singareni power station.

Location

Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Pegadapalli (Jaipur Mandal) power station Pagadapalli, Jaipur, Adilabad, Telangana, India 18.827056, 79.570284 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3: 18.827056, 79.570284

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - unknown 600 subcritical 2016
Unit 2 operating coal - unknown 600 subcritical 2016
Unit 3 permitted coal - unknown 800 supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 The Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (Singareni) [100.0%]
Unit 2 The Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (Singareni) [100.0%]
Unit 3 The Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (Singareni) [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Sriiampur coal fields, Naini coal mine, Odisha
  • Permit(s): December 27, 2010 – Environmental Clearance, December 18, 2019 – Environmental Clearance; Terms of Reference: 2015-05-27

Financing

Source of financing: Power Finance Corporation

Background

The coal-fired power station project was proposed by Singareni Collieries, India's second largest coal mining company. It was originally permitted as a 600 MW (2 x 300 MW) power station, according to the first Environmental Clearance issued October 28, 2009.[1]

In December 2010 a new Environmental Clearance was issued for a 1200 MW (2 x 600 MW) project.[2] Construction began in 2013.[3]

In April 2011, it was reported that Singareni Collieries had achieved financial closure for the $1.4-billion station, expected to be operational in April 2014. Of the 1200 MW, 150 MW would be earmarked for SCCL's use and the remaining 1050 MW would be sold to AP Transco.[4]

In March 2014 Singareni Collieries Company invited bids for construction of the 1200 MW power station.[5] Unit 1 is planned for commercial operation in March 2016 and unit 2 in June 2016.[6]

Unit 1 was synchronized in March 2016,[7] and began commercial operation in June 2016. Unit 2 was synchronized in June 2016,[8] and commissioned on November 25, 2016.[3]

Phase II expansion

In March 2015 Singareni Collieries submitted an application to add an additional unit 3 of 600 MW.[9] The project was granted a terms of reference on May 27, 2015.[10]

According to Singareni Collieries, the Telangana government directed the company to set up the additional unit to address energy shortages in the state.[11]

In April 2017 it was reported the unit would be 800 MW.[12] The terms of reference for the revised size was approved on May 14, 2018.[13] The EIA is for supercritical technology. Coal is planned to come from the proposed Naini coal mine in Odisha, with expected production in 2020-21.[14] Environmental clearance for the new 800 MW unit was granted on December 18, 2019.[15]

In January 2020, company officials said establishing the 800 MW unit was in the process of execution.[16]

In April 2022, the Board of Directors of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) approved the detailed project report (DPR) for the unit, estimated to cost ₹6,790 crore.[17]

The company planned to float tenders for the additional unit in January 2023 and expected construction to begin in March 2023.[18][19]

Planet imagery from April 2023 did not show evidence that construction of Unit 3 had begun.

In April 2023, a new article reported that the tendering procedure for the expansion project was nearly complete, and that construction would begin the following month, in May 2023.[20]

In May 2023, it was reported that construction of the expansion unit was estimated to commence in July of the same year. According to the news report, Singareni Collieries expected to have the unit completed in four to five years. [21] Planet imagery from October 2023 still did not appear to show that construction of the expansion had begun.

Reporting in January 2024 stated that the expansion unit's tendering process would be "completed soon."[22][23]

Opposition

In March 2018, villagers that would be displaced from the Pegapally plant staged a rasta roko on the National Highway-63 in India, causing traffic to come to standstill for over 30 minutes. They demanded jobs were given to the displaced villagers. 31 villagers spoke at the public hearing held by the Telangana Pollution Control Board in order to express their concerns too.[24]

The Ministry of Environment and Forests planned to visit the site of the Pegapally plant after a decision made on November 30, 2018. This decision came out of concerns around the pollution and ash from the power plant. The company in charge of the power plant, Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) allegedly did not provide promised employments for displaced villagers and the people of Pegadapally, Jaipur, Elakanti, and Gangipally villages faced pollution.[25]

Alternatives

Meanwhile, in 2020, Singareni Collieries outlined plans to set up 800 MW of solar power projects in Telangana, which includes 500 MW of floating solar capacity, across its reservoir in thermal plant and other water bodies.[26]

Articles and Resources

References

  1. "J -13012/88/2008 -IA.II(T)," Environmental Clearance, Ministry of Environment and Forests, October 28, 2009
  2. "J-13012/88/2008-IA.II (T)," Environmental Clearance, Ministry of Environment and Forests, December 27, 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 Monthly Broad Status Report, India Ministry of Power, November 2016
  4. "SSCL achieves financial closure for Adilabad power plant" IBN Live, April 1, 2011.
  5. "Bids invited for Singareni power project," Projects Today, March 12, 2014.
  6. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," India CEA, November 2015
  7. "Singareni thermal power plant synchronised," Hans India, Mar 14, 2016
  8. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, July 2016
  9. Form 1, India MoEF, Mar 12, 2015
  10. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, May 27, 2015
  11. "Application for Form 1," Singareni Collieries, March 10, 2015
  12. "SCCL power plant to get new arm," Telangana Today, Apr 2, 2017
  13. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, May 14, 2018
  14. EIA, Singareni Collieries, March 2018
  15. clearance, India MoEF, December 18, 2019
  16. "Singareni enters solar power generation," The Hindu, January 10, 2020
  17. "SCCL Board approves DPR of 800 MW thermal unit in STPP," The Hindu, April 8, 2022
  18. "The remarkable rise of Singareni Thermal Power Station to the top," Telangana Today, January 5, 2023
  19. "SCCL will add an 800 MW power unit to the Jaipur coal-fired plant in India," Enerdata, January 11, 2023
  20. "SCCL sets power generation targets to 3,350 MW," ConstructionWorld, April 10, 2023
  21. "Singareni Collieries Expands Power Capacity with 800 MW Unit," ConstructionWorld, May 25, 2023
  22. SCCL to take up solar energy projects, PYNR, January 7, 2024
  23. Singareni to explore setting up JV solar plants in other States, The Hindu, January 6, 2024
  24. “Singareni power project oustees seek jobs”, Telangana Today, March 7, 2018.
  25. “Panel to visit Singareni power project site to assess environmental provision”, The Hindu News, December 23, 2018.
  26. "Singareni Collieries plans 800-MW solar power project," The Hindu Business Line, July 31, 2020

Additional data

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