Talcher power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Talcher power station was a 460-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Odisha, India, owned and operated by the National Thermal Power Corporation.[1]

A 1,320 MW expansion has been proposed at the same location.

Location

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

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Background

Talcher (old) power station was a 460 MW facility consisting of six units built between 1967 and 1983.[2]

Retirement

The units shut down March 31, 2021. The plant was a major contributor to air pollution and failed to adhere to environmental norms. In 2017, Talcher was one of the ‘critically polluted industrial areas’ in CPCB’s Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI). The city ranked 165 in the list of the world’s most polluted cities, according to the World Air Quality Report, 2020 prepared by IQAir, a Swiss organization.[3][4]

Just Transition questions

The Orissa High Court issued a notice in March 2021 on a PIL seeking its intervention for rehabilitation of contractual employees set to lose their livelihoods due to closure of the power plant. Gadadhar Samal and two other residents of Talcher had filed the PIL in which they stated that the closure of the power plant was going to create serious financial crisis in the locality as thousands of people directly and indirectly depended on it. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik urged Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh to direct NTPC to address the concerns related to the closure TTPS and take steps for early execution of the stage-III project.[3]

Proposed 1,320 MW expansion

It was reported in August 2010 that Talcher Thermal Power Station would be expanded by adding two 660 MW units at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore. Tenders for the expansion would be floated by October, 2010, and the project is expected to be completed in five years.[5]

In 2010, NTPC signed a Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with GRIDCO Limited of Orissa (now Odisha) for sale of power from its proposed Talcher Thermal Expansion.[6]

In 2009, the project received a Terms of Reference from the Ministry of Environment and Forests,[7] and again on October 22, 2014.[8]

In June 2015, NTPC said coal for the expansion would be provided from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) of Coal India.[9]

As of November 2016, NTPC was in the process of planning a new public hearing.[10]

An EIA was submitted in January 2018. It stated the plant would use ultra-supercritical technology, with unit 1 planned for commissioning in 2022 and unit 2 in 2026. Efforts are being made to source the coal from Talcher area of Mahanadi Coal fields.[11]

In April 2018, a top NTPC official said tenders for two 660 MW units at its Talcher power plant are almost ready.[12] Environmental clearance for the units was granted on September 9, 2018.[13] That day, NTPC's board approved an investment of Rs 9,785 crore for the 1,320 MW expansion.[14]

In 2018, NTPC reportedly floated tenders for the expansion project at a cost of R 8,900 crore. However, "no progress could be made as the State government failed to give clearance to the proposal." In February 2020, Odisha government "gave its nod" to the new plant, but NTPC then showed little interest in the expansion project. In 2021, a team from NTPC corporate office came "to review the prospects of the new plant," but nothing was known about its fate. NTPC had reportedly yet to take any steps on setting up the new plant. The unit retirements and lack of interest in the new power plant project allegedly "evoked large-scale resentment not only in Angul but also in Odisha."[15]

In March 2022, NTPC had initiated the tendering process. It would take a "minimum of 48 months to complete construction works."[16]

In May 2022, it was reported that NTPC would award a contract to construct the expansion that month.[17]

In July 2022, it appeared Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), an Indian electrical company, was selected as the lowest bidder. NTPC appeared to be checking to see if BHEL could advance the project schedule.[18]

Project Details for 1,320 MW expansion

Sponsor: NTPC
Location: Digi village, Angul district, Odisha
Coordinates: 20.9110615, 85.2072412 (exact)[2]
Status: Permitted
Capacity: 1320 MW (2 x 660 MW)
Start date: 2024, 2026
Type: ultra-supercritical
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Domestic
Source of financing: US$1,327,765,076 in equity from NTPC[14]
Permits and applications:

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References

  1. National Thermal Power Corporation, "Coal Based Power Stations ", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Talcher (old) power station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed May 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Talcher thermal power plant shuts down, NTPC says modern unit will replace it," Down to Earth, April 2, 2021
  4. "Closing of Unit No. 1 to 6," CEA, June 6, 2021
  5. "NTPC to add another 500 mw to Talcher plant" Fe Bureaus, The Financial Express, August 10, 2010.
  6. "NTPC signs PPA with GRIDCO," Construction Week, Jan 3, 2011.
  7. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, 24 August 2009
  8. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, October 22, 2014
  9. "NTPC planning 3,000 MW capacity addition at Talcher," Live Mint, June 11, 2015
  10. "Project Details," Construction Intelligence Center, accessed May 2017
  11. EIA, NTPC, Jan 2018
  12. "NTPC to float tenders to meet FY19 capacity addition target," Financial Express, Apr 20, 2018
  13. Environmental clearance, India MoEF, September 9, 2018
  14. 14.0 14.1 "NTPC board approves Rs 9.7k crore investment for 1,320 MW expansion at Talcher plant," Economic Times, Sep 9, 2018
  15. "Talcher Thermal power station shuts on March 31; uncertainty prevails over fate of new power plant," New Indian Express, March 4, 2021
  16. "New Talcher Thermal Power plant on cards," New Indian Express, March 31, 2022
  17. "NTPC to award contract to construct 1,320 MW coal-fired plant," Live Mint, May 3, 2022
  18. "인도, 화력발전공사(NTPC), Talcher 석탄화력발전소 추진," WOW TV, July 21, 2022

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