Tuticorin Smelter power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Tuticorin Smelter power station is a 182.5-megawatt (MW) coal-fired smelting station in Tamil Nadu, India.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Thoothukudi district.

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Background on Plant

The Sterlite Copper Smelting Unit in Tuticorin is in southern Tamil Nadu. The first 22.5 MW unit went online in 2005. Two additional 80 MW plants went online in 2012 and 2013. Sterlite uses 65 MW of the plant's total capacity for its own smelting needs.[1]

About 250,000 people live within 7 kilometers of the smelting operation. The captive plant was temporarily closed in 2013 after a suspected sulphur dioxide leak, with residents near the plant saying they suffered irritation in the eyes, sore throat, and suffocation. On April 2, 2013, the India Supreme Court ordered Sterlite Energy to pay Rs 100 crore ($18.4 million) as compensation for polluting water, soil, and air around the plant.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Sterlite Energy
  • Parent company: Vedanta Resources
  • Developer:
  • Location: Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu
  • Coordinates: 8.816981, 78.0899754 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 22.5 MW
    • Unit 2: 80 MW
    • Unit 3: 80 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
    • Unit 1: 2005
    • Unit 2: 2012
    • Unit 2: 2013
  • Coal Type:
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  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications:

Resources and articles


  1. "Sterlite to add another 80 MW in Tuticorin," The Hindu, December 28, 2012.
  2. "How Sterlite Copper Smelter Polluted Tuticorin," Presentation of Asian Institute of Public Health, June 23, 2013.

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