Raigarh Project (Jindal)

From Global Energy Monitor

Raigarh Project (Jindal) is a proposed 1320 megawatt (MW) coal plant in Lohakhan village, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state, India.

Location

The map below shows Lohakhan village, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state, India the approximate location where the plant will be built.

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Background

The project is sponsored by Jindal India Thermal Power, which has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and subsequently an Implementation Agreement with the government of Chhattisgarh in connection with the project. In addition, the company has received an in-principle approval for the acquisition of land from the Chhattisgarh government and has made an application to the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) for acquisition of 1,045 acres of land. The company has received a water allocation for the project, received approval for chimney height from the Airports Authority of India, and applied to the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) for a transmission linkage.[1]

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued Terms of Reference (ToR), and the draft report of the environmental assessment study for the project has been filed with the SIPB.[1]

In 2012 Jindal said it was in the process of expanding the capacity of the Raigarh plant from 3 to 7 million tonnes of coal per year, at an investment of Rs 17,000-18,000 crore.[2]

However, as of September 2016 the project has yet to receive environmental clearance, and plans appear to be deferred or abandoned.

Opposition

There was public hearings for the project on January 5, 2008 and September 25, 2013, the latter of which drew a crowd of over 4,000 village residents. Residents expressed concerns about pollution from the power station, and said project sponsor Jindal was trying to bribe locals by building a school, a hospital, and a college in the area. According to the website Down to Earth: "In the past five years, violence against the activists and residents opposing JSPL project dampened the morale of people." One person was shot.[3]

In June 2010, a local environmental group, Jan Chetana, wrote a series of letters to the union minister of environment, Jairam Ramesh. The letters brought to the attention that the Raigarh power plant was starting construction, without environmental clearances. The construction was called to a stop.[4]

On February 20, 2012, the National Green Tribunal called the first hearing on the Raigarh power plant a “farce,” rejecting the findings of the hearings. It was also held in Khamariya, which is far from the Gare village where the power plant will mainly be constructed, deterring affected people from attending.[5]

For 16 days until September 5, 2017, hundreds of activists from the village of Adivasi in Kosampali, Chhattisgarh protested against the Raigarh coal plant in a sit-in, with many starving themselves. The protestors want the coal plant production to stop, citing a lack of compensation and jobs for the acquisition of the coal plant land. The South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), one of the owners of the Raigarh plant, yielded on September 6, promising workers at least 100 contract jobs.[6]

Project Details

Sponsor: Jindal India Thermal Power
Location: Lohakhan village, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 21.898611, 83.464722[7](approximate)
Status: Cancelled
Nameplate capacity: 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service:
Coal Source: The project is described as a "pit-head" plant.[1] In 2011 Jindal applied to the Ministry of Coal for a coal linkage for a slightly smaller project (1100 MW).[8] Jindal states that coal is expected to be sourced from the Mand-Raigarh coal fields.[7]
Estimated annual CO2: 7,806,085 tons
Source of financing:

Resources and articles

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Under Development: Raigarh Project," Jindal India Thermal Power Ltd. website, accessed February 2012
  2. "Jindal Steel and Power Limited to raise capacity of Raigarh plant," Jagran Post, Aug 6, 2012.
  3. Alok Gupta, "Public hearing for Jindal coal project in Raigarh held amid protests," Down to Earth, Sep 27, 2013.
  4. “Government rejects Jindal Power project”, The Economic Times India, June 25, 2010.
  5. “Green nod to Jindal mine nixed”, Down to Earth, May 15, 2012.
  6. “A Successful Protest Against a Chhattisgarh Mine Highlights the Failure of India’s Coal Auctions”, The Wire India, September 10, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Request for Qualification", Jindal India Thermal Power Ltd, July 2, 2010, page 2.
  8. "Pending Application of IPPs Up to 31st July 2011," Ministry of Coal, page 59

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