Ropar thermal plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Ropar Coal Power Station (also known as Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant) is an operating 1,260-megawatt coal-fired power station in Punjab, India.


The map below shows the location of the project north of Ropar (Rupnagar).

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Background on existing power station

Ropar thermal plant consist of six units of 210MW each near Village Ghanauli.[1]

On December 20, 2017, the Punjab cabinet approved the closure of inefficient power units at Ropar and GNDTP Bathinda power station. Under the decision, units 1-2 of Ropar will close January 1, 2018.[2]

According to the India government, the two units were retired in August 2018.[3]

Proposed expansion

In early January 2012 engineers assessed the Ropar plant as a possible alternative location to Mukerian (the Mukerian power station) for a 1320 MW coal plant, saying basic materials such as land, water, rail linkage, initial man power, and office space is already available on-site and would greatly reduce initial set up costs.[4]

The Punjab Newsline reported that "nearby villagers are already facing pollution and water logging problems."[5]

According to The Tribune, the ash ponds surrounding the Ropar thermal plant leached into groundwater. The Punjab Pollution Control Board and the PSEB were "asked to take necessary steps to check this menace". In addition, air pollution from the plant was found to be excessive. As a result, the chimney of the plant will increase in height by 200 ft in order to "disperse the pollutants over a wider area so as to minimize their intensity." Farmers have also complained that their crop production has decreased due to water and air pollutants.[6]

However, in 2013 a Terms of Reference was issued for the power station in Mukerian,[7] and appears cancelled for Ropar.

Project Details for 1320 MW expansion

Sponsor: Punjab State Electricity Board
Location: Ropar, Punjab state, India[8]
Coordinates: 31.0417, 76.5847 (exact)[8]
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 1,320 MW[5]
Projected in service:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:

Resources and articles

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  1. "Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant," Punjab State Electricity Board, accessed July 2014.
  2. "Punjab cabinet okays closure of Bathinda, Ropar power units," Times of India, Dec 20, 2017
  3. "All India installed capacity of power sector," India CEA, updated through August 31, 2018
  4. "Punjab govt to set up 2 thermal units," Industry Monitor, January 8, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Two 660 MW thermal units may come up at Ropar," Punjab Newsline, January 4, 2012.
  6. Dr. G.S. Dhillon, "Ultra-mega thermal plants Mega flyash problems," December 26, 2008.
  7. Terms of Reference for Units 1 & 2, India MoEF, December 10, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Ropar Coal Power Station," Global Energy Observatory, accessed February 2012.
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