Yadadri power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Yadadri power station is a 4,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under development in Telangana, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of the project in Nalgonda District, as described in the EIA.[1]

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Background

On September 19, 2015, Telangana State Power Generation Corp (TSGENCO) applied for a terms of reference (ToR) for a 5 x 800 MW supercritical coal plant in Veerlapalem Village, Damercherla Tehsil. The plant would use 50% domestic and 50% imported coal.[2]

In July 2015, TSGENCO awarded an INR179.5 billion (US$2.81 billion) contract to build the Yadadri project to the central government-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL).[3][4] BHEL will set up the plant on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.[5]

The terms of reference (ToR) was approved on February 16, 2016.[6] The EIA was submitted in June 2016.[1] The plant received environmental clearance on June 29, 2017.[7]

According to the India Central Electricity Authority (November 2019), "boiler foundation works are in progress" at the power station.[8] Planet satellite photos through January 16, 2020 show construction progress.

Impacts

The plant would be constructed on 2,800 acres of land, of which 2,095 acres is forest land. The remaining land is privately- or government-owned. The plant would displace about 173 families.[9]

Financing

The first four units of the thermal power plant received financing support of INR169.5 billion (US$2.27 billion) in loans from India's Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). In September 2017, India's government-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC) committed a term loan of INR40 billion (US$538 million) to TSGENCO for setting up the fifth unit of the coal plant.[10]

Opposition

On May 6, 2015, villagers at risk of losing their land for the Damarcherla power plant obstructed the construction of a pylon for the thermal plant between Tallaveerappagudem and Veerulapalem villages. They demanded that the State government compensate them for the loss of land as well as job assurance for one member of each family in the village. The villagers also set a shed constructed for the workers on fire.[11]

On May 30, 2016, a public hearing in Veerlapalem was conducted for villagers to express opposition against the Yadadri power plant. The opposers want the government to fulfill their promises for adequate compensations for land acquisitions.[12]

On May 31, 2016, activists of the Human Rights Forum opposed the Damaracherla power plant. They submitted a memorandum that the power plant would “cause immense harm to the environment” and that the possible pollution has not been studied. Over 50 representations both verbally and written outlined peoples’ complaints around not being compensated for the power plant adequately. The activists also protested against the method in which the public hearing around the power plant was conducted, claiming it was inciting fear in the public to prevent them from opposing the construction.[13]

In February 2017, environmental activists opposed the Environmental Impact Assessment that the Telangana Genco submitted for the Yadadri power plant. They claimed the EIA report was “flawed and deficient” and does not cover the impacts of the plant on 30% of the land territory it may fall on. Activists submitted these concerns to the Telangana State Pollution Control Board in Nalgonda.[14]

On May 11, 2020, migrant workers at the Yadadri power plant staged protests. The workers were primarily from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. They demanded to be sent back to their respective homes as they claim that transportation would be arranged to help them travel back.[15]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Telangana State Power Generation Corp (TSGENCO)
  • Location: Veerlapalem Village, Damercherla Tehsil, Nalgonda District, Telangana, India
  • Coordinates: 16.7082188, 79.5811844 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Capacity: 4,000 MW (Units 1-5: 800 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2022-2023
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Domestic coal from the Singareni coalfields, supplemented by imported coal for any shortfalls[16]
  • Source of financing: US$2.27 billion in debt from the Rural Electrification Corporation; US$538 million in debt from the Power Finance Corporation[10]
  • Permits and applications: Terms of reference, India MoEF, Feb 16, 2016; Environmental clearance, India MoEF, June 29, 2017

Resources and articles

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 EIA, Telangana State Power Generation Corp (TSGENCO), June 2016
  2. Form 1, India MoEF, Sep 19, 2016
  3. "BHEL bags its largest order worth Rs 18,000 crore in Telangana," DNA, June 2, 2015
  4. "Yadadri thermal project secures $600m financing from PFC for fifth unit," EBR, 18 September 2017
  5. Sarita C Singh, "BHEL bags India's largest power contract worth Rs 20,400 crore from Telangana," ET Bureau, October 23, 2017
  6. "Terms of reference," India MoEF, Feb 16, 2016
  7. "Environmental clearance," India MoEF, June 29, 2017
  8. Broad Status of Thermal Power Plants, India Central Electricity Authority, November 2019
  9. "Yadadri power plant gets green signal," The Hans India, July 13, 2017
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kumar, V. Rishi. "Yadadri power plant achieves financial closure". @businessline. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  11. “Teething trouble for Damarcherla power project”, The Hindu News, May 7, 2015.
  12. “Yadadri power plant: public hearing today”, The New Indian Express, May 31, 2016.
  13. “Rights activists oppose Yadadri power plant in Hyderabad”, Deccan Chronicle, June 1, 2016.
  14. “Genco’s revised Yadadri report flawed: Activists”, The Times of India, February 17, 2017.
  15. “Hyderabad: Seeking to return home, migrant workers protest”, The Times of India, May 12, 2020.
  16. B Dasarath Reddy, "Environment ministry backs Telangana's mega thermal power push," Business Standard, May 18, 2017

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