Talcher Kaniha Super Thermal Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Talcher Kaniha Super Thermal Power Station is a 3,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Kaniha, Odisha.[1] The plant is sponsored by NTPC.

A 1,600 MW expansion was proposed and is presumed shelved or cancelled.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Kaniha, Angul district.

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Talcher is India's second largest coal-fired power plant at 3000 megawatts (MW). The six 500 MW units entered operation from 1995-2005. The plant is located in Kaniha in the state of Odisha.[1] The plant is sponsored by NTPC.

Coal shortage

In March 2017, the plant slipped into a critical stage of coal supply with only five days of coal left in its stockyard. The problem was the result of short supply of coal from coal mines in Talcher.[2]

Proposed Expansions

It was reported in August 2010 that the plant was to add a 500 MW unit.[3]

In June 2015 NTPC reiterated the company's plans for an expansion, now saying it would be 1600 MW, with coal provided from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) of Coal India. The company said it plans to apply for clearances.[4]

In June 2016, NTPC announced that it was beginning a socio-economic survey for the proposed expansion,[5] although as of October 2016 the project is not included on NTPC's list of future capacity additions.[6]

In February 2018 NTPC said it planned to slow plans for the expansion, citing the low tariffs for solar and wind: "The feasibility study report on expansion was sent to our Delhi office. But, now there is a demand tilt towards renewable energy. Keeping that in mind, the speed of Kaniha plant expansion is slow," said Ram Kuber, executive director of NTPC’s Talcher Super Thermal Power Station.[7]

Toxic fly ash

Disposal of fly ash generated from the plant was an ongoing challenge at the plant. For example, the company sought clearance to dispose of the waste in abandoned mine voids of Jagannath OPC of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited.[8]

Project Details for expansion

Sponsor: NTPC
Location: Kaniha village, Angul district, Odisha
Coordinates: 21.098074, 85.074005 (exact)[1]
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 1600 MW
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Domestic
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Talcher Kaniha Super Thermal Power Station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed May 2014
  2. Bijay Rout, "Coal crisis critical in Odisha NTPC plant," Indian Express, 31 March 2017
  3. "NTPC to add another 500 mw to Talcher plant" Fe Bureaus, The Financial Express, August 10, 2010.
  4. "NTPC planning 3,000 MW capacity addition at Talcher," Live Mint, June 11, 2015
  5. Jayajit Dash, "NTPC commences socio-economic survey for Kaniha expansion," Business Standard, July 2, 2016
  6. "Future Capacity Additions," NTPC, accessed October 2016
  7. "NTPC takes pause on Kaniha expansion as renewables demand grow," Business Standard, Feb 6, 2018
  8. See Expert Appraisal Committee minutes

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