Coal Ministry promotes diverse power gen for sustainability

01 Aug 2023

The Ministry of Coal stated that it has been actively promoting substantial diversification among central public sector Enterprises (CPSEs) as part of its efforts to prepare for the future of India's coal sector.

Regarding this matter, it was conveyed that NLCIL is in the process of establishing two thermal power plants. It was stated that one of these plants, which is being set up in Ghatampur near Kanpur, is intended to generate 3 x 660 MW power at an approximate cost of Rs 194.06 billion. The project, formed as a collaboration between NLCIL and the Government of Uttar Pradesh, is aimed to supply 1478.28 MW to Uttar Pradesh and 492.72 MW to Assam. The implementation of the project has commenced, and it is anticipated that the initial phase of power generation will commence by the culmination of this year.

Additionally, NLCIL has devised plans for the construction of a 3 X 800 MW pithead thermal power plant in Talabira, Odisha. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 194.22 billion, and its objective is to provide 1450 MW power to Tamil Nadu, 100 MW to Puducherry, and 400 MW to Kerala. The timeline for this project suggests that its initiation will take place by the conclusion of this year, and it is projected to conclude by 2028-29.

Furthermore, Coal India (CIL) is also in the process of establishing two thermal power plants. One of these plants is planned near Amarkantak in conjunction with the Madhya Pradesh government. The intended capacity for this plant is 1x660 MW, and the estimated cost is Rs 56 billion. Presently, the project is in the advanced stages of approval, and SECL, a subsidiary of CIL, has plans to invest Rs 8.57 billion as equity. The execution of the project will be overseen through a joint venture involving SECL and Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Ltd. The initiation of this project is predicted to occur by the conclusion of this financial year, with an anticipated completion date in 2028. It was communicated that the necessary land for the project has already been secured.

Moreover, Mahanadi Coal Fields (MCL), a subsidiary of CIL, has established Mahanadi Basin Power as a wholly-owned subsidiary. MCL is strategising to establish a 2x800 MW thermal power plant close to its Basundhara Mines. This pithead plant, expected to cost around Rs 159.47 billion, has garnered interest from various states for power purchase agreements (PPAs) amounting to 4000 MW. The commencement of work on this project is foreseen in the middle of the following year, and the intended completion date is set for 2028.

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