Talabira power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Talabira power station is a proposed 2,400-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Odisha, India.


The project is proposed in Khumbari and Taraikela villages, Jharsuguda district, Odisha. The map below shows the site area, as referenced in the EIA (e.g. PDF page 34).

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The other industrial projects in the area include (EIA, PDF page 33):

  • SMC power generation Ltd (1.4 Km N)
  • Bhusan power and steel Ltd (2.2Km E)
  • Adithya aluminium (5.9Km SE)
  • Vedanta aluminium capative power plant (5.4KmENE)


The project has been in discussion since at least 2011. It was referred to as a 1,000 megawatt (MW) project on the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) website[1] and a 2,000MW project in Hindu Business.[2] It was proposed to be developed by a joint venture between NLC and Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited. NLC stated on its website that it was proposed that the power station source coal from the Talabira Mine in the adjacent lb Valley. NLC, Mahanadi Coal Fields and Hindalco were proposing to establish a separate joint venture company for the mining operation.[1]

The project subsequently dropped from the company websites, and was not mentioned again until September 5, 2017, when NLC India applied for a 3 x 800 MW coal plant known as NLC-Talabira. Coal would be met from the captive Talabira mines.[3]

A terms of reference was granted on December 27, 2017.[4] In February 2020, NLC India submitted an application for grant of Environmental Clearance, and a revised EIA in June 2020. An estimated 291 families will be displaced, and an additional 221 families affected.[5]

In November 2020, the Expert Appraisal Committee of the India Ministry of the Environment said it plans to grant environmental clearance to the project, subject to some further revisions in its EIA.[6]

Environmental Clearance for the project was granted on February 2, 2021.[7][8]

In April 2022, the Thermal Expert Appraisal Committee discussed the project and a related appeal seeking to quash its permit. The status of Jharsuguda as a "Critically Polluted Area" or "Other Polluted Area‟ based on 2008 and 2018 assessments was addressed.[9]

In June 2022, Adani Watch reported that in March 2022, NLC India Limited signed a pact with a government-owned power generation and distribution company to supply 1,500 MW of power from a pithead coal-power plant in Talabira. Activities were underway for construction of a 2,400 MW plant which would supply electricity to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation as per the pact.[10]

However, development was unclear based on Planet satellite imagery from June 2022. Government construction reports were also silent about the project.

Project Details

Sponsor: Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC India)
Location: Khumbari and Taraikela villages, Jharsuguda district, Odisha
Coordinates: 21.778342, 83.989506 (exact)
Status: Permitted
Capacity: 2,400 MW (Units 1-3: 800 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2026-2027[11]
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Talabira mines, Odisha
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, December 27, 2017
EC, India MoEF, February 2, 2021; EIA, 2020

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Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Neyveli Lignite Corporation, "Future Plans", Neyveli Lignite Corporation website, accessed May 2014.
  2. "Govt panel favours environment clearance for Hindalco’s Orissa project", The Hindu, July 17, 2011.
  3. Form 1, India MoEF, Sep 5, 2017
  4. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, December 27, 2017
  5. EAC Minutes of Meetings, India MoEF, July 28, 2020
  7. "Upcoming Projects," NLC India, accessed June 2021
  8. "EC," MOEF, February 2, 2021
  9. "23rd Thermal EAC Minutes," MOEF, April 7, 2022
  10. "Adani's Talabira coal mine: Communities resist being displaced for the second time in 70 years," Adani Watch, June 1, 2022
  11. "Investor Presentation," NLC India, February 2022

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