Category: Thermal

January 23, 2015

A high-level environment ministry panel has given its nod to Neyveli Lignite to set up a new thermal power plant of 1,000 MW capacity at a wildlife area in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district. The Standing Committee for the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) chaired by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar also cleared the expansion project of 800 MW at Kothagudem Thermal Power Station in Telangana. These were among 53 public utility projects approved in the recent meeting of the NBWL. The NBWL clearance is mandatory as these projects are located near the periphery of wildlife sanctuaries. According to sources, the NBWL has given clearance to the Neyveli Lignite’s 1,000 MW coal-based thermal power project at Tuticorin, which comes within the 10-km periphery of Mullakadu range of forests in Tamil Nadu. The Tuticorin project, being set up through the subsidiary firm NMDC Tamil Nadu Power Ltd formed in joint venture with TANGEDCO, is in advanced stage of completion. 

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January 9, 2015

According to sources, NTPC will help the Jharkhand Government in reviving the struggling  840 MW Patratu thermal power station located near Patratu town in Ramgarh district in Jharkhand. It is operated by the Jharkhand State Electricity Board. Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters “The Patratu plant is currently working at an efficiency of five per cent. If we try to revive it through bidding it will take a long time, therefore I have asked NTPC to do the job with the Jharkhand state government.” NTPC has been selected to revive the plant with the state government over selection of bidder through the tendering process where the private sector also gets the opportunity to participate due to paucity of time.

Goyal said that private companies will have their share as the Government has identified four locations in the country to set up ultra mega power projects. These four proposed UMPPs include two for which the bids have been cancelled and fresh bids invited and two more  identified – one in Bihar and another in Jharkhand.” Goyal expressed hope that the process of inviting bids will start in the next three to six months. 

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January 7, 2015

Adani Power’s Rs.6,000-crore acquisition of Lanco Infratech’s 1200-mw thermal power plant in Udupi seems to be facing delays after five months of the formal announcement. The deadline for exclusive bilateral negotiations on December 29th 2014 has lapsed. Sources say that this brightens the prospect of several other suitors like JSW Energy and Tata Power-ICICI Venture to dive back into the fray all over again. Post the expiration date of December deadline,both parties separately moved the Delhi High Court seeking an extension of the timeline as well as ensuring Adani has a first right of refusal in case a new bidder emerges. Both Lanco and Adani acknowledge that even if they currently remain committed to the deal, negotiations cannot stay open-ended forever and has to close within a stipulated period, thereby leaving a mutual exit option open. Sources add, Adani had already paid a Rs 125 crore advance to Lanco, which will make it difficult for the latter to engage with a third party at this juncture, without returning the money first. The delay is because of Lanco’s senior lenders not giving their approval unless some of their clauses are met. A consortia of around 15-18 lenders including PFC, IDBI, REC, Bank of

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December 3, 2014

NTPC has approached the Ministry of Environment and Forest seeking amendments to Terms of Reference (TOR) for its proposed expansion of Telangana’s Ramagundam power plant to 2×800 mw.According to a senior official of the company, earlier the power producer was accorded permission for expanding the capacity to 2×660 mw.NTPC is presently operating a coal based 2600 MW (Stage-I, II & III) Thermal Power Station at Ramagundam in Karimnagar District of Telangana.The official said “This is part of the 4000 mw power plant proposed to be set up in Telangana state.1600 mw power plant will be set up at the existing location in Ramagundam. We are seeking land from the Telangana Government for the rest of the capacity.”He said the cost of project would be between Rs 5.5 crore to Rs 6 crore per MW and the Board has already approved the proposal.

The official added that it is proposed to allocate 100 per cent power to Telangana state subject to approval by Ministry of Power. Considering the location and optimisation of available space at both locations to accommodate 4000 MW, 800 MW units have been proposed, the official added.  According to a 

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December 1, 2014

According to sources with direct knowledge  JSW Energy is close to acquiring Bina and Nigrie thermal power units of JP Power.The deal is likely to value the assets around Rs12,000 crores.This comes barely weeks after buying out two hydro power projects of JP Power for Rs 9700 crores.The announcement of the acquisition of Bina and Nigrie is waiting for the government’s allocation of coal block to the Nigrie project which got cancelled in the Supreme Court’s verdict on coal.Sources suggest that the government is expected to allocate the mines to the Public Sector Enterprises and State government units by mid-December.As part of the deal, JSW Energy will replace Jaiprakash Associates (JAL) from the 49:51 joint venture with Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Limited ( MPSMCL) for the coal requirements of the Nigrie power plants.Nigrie Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh has a capacity of 1320 MW and is valued at over Rs 9000 crores, Bina power project of 500 MW thermal power capacity is valued around Rs 2600 cr in the transaction.Talks between Sajjan Jindal and Manoj Gaur on the thermal power assets began even before JSW Energy closed the acquisition of the hydro power assets, taking advantage of the termination of c

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November 19, 2014

BHUBANESWAR: NTPC, along with Odisha Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.(OTPCL) has agreed to jointly develop a 2,400 MW thermal power plant in Dhenkanal .NTPC CMD Arun Roy Choudhury met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik  in this regard.He said that  Odisha was important for NTPC and the power major is  expanding projects in the state as per  the suggestions by the chief minister.The NTPC CMD said “We have been mandated to set up solar power projects of 3,000 MW across the state.As Odisha is important state, we are keen for that too.NTPC  has already agreed to set up a 1,000 MW solar power station in Andhra Pradesh, a 750 MW one in Madhya Pradesh and also in Rajasthan and Telangana.A release from the CM’s office said  that it was also decided in the meeting  that NTPC would be a partner in OTPCL’s proposed 2400 (3×800) MW coal fired power plant to be set up at an investment of Rs 10,000.

The proposed unit would be set up at Kamakshyanagar in Dhenkanal distict. A joint venture between NTPC and OTPCL was soon expected.OTPCL, a 50:50 joint venture between state owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and Odisha Hydro Power Corpor

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November 13, 2014

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will dedicate the 600 MW thermal power plant of CESC on November 26.The plant, built at a cost of Rs 4,600 crore, will be commissioned at a time power utilities were grappling with coal block de-allocation problem.On the same platform, CESC Chairman Sanjiv Goenka is expected to announce some investment plans by the group in the power sector, mostly into transmission and network infrastructure to cope with future demand.Initially, the plant will be operational with first unit of 300 MW and by February 2015, another 300MW will come into being.The coal linkage for the plant is with Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.The plant has come up on 317 acres of land and the main plant is on 13.5 acres.Shanghai Electric Corporation and Punj Lyod were the main contractors for the main plant.Goenka claimed it had rehabilitated 400 families that lived in the project area and the company has constructed a model village which is among the best in the country.The project had built a power evacuation network that includes country’s two highest river crossing towers of 240 metres each.

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November 5, 2014

The government finds itself in a bind as Russian engineering, procurement and construction company TPE (Techno prom export) continues to give NTPC a runaround, raising the prospect of further delaying the 1,980 mw Barh power project in Bihar.After overshooting the completion schedule by more than three years and receiving $190 million in 2010, TPE has now raised a demand for an additional $248 million for completing the remaining work.TPE has raised the demand even after Sberbank Rossii, Russia’s biggest bank, extended a $328 million line of credit to help the government-run engineering firm complete its contract for supplying boilers for the Barh project. 

But NTPC has refused to entertain the demand since the amount demanded by TPE is “beyond” the terms of the contract. Peeved with the demand, NTPC has also drawn the government’s attention towards TPE constantly shifting commissioning dates.Government sources said TPE kept shifting the dates even during a meeting its director-general S A Topor-Gilka had in Delhi with NTPC executives in September. “In September, TPE gave November 2016, May 2016 and November 2017 as commissioning dates for Units 1, 2 and 3 respectively. In October, they changed the dates to December 2015,

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November 4, 2014

BHEL has bagged an order worth Rs 220 crore for supplying an electrostatic precipitator package to a power project in Odisha. The contract is related to the 2×800 MW Darlipali super thermal power project.Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, in a statement said that the Rs 220 crore order has been placed by NTPC.The plant is located in Sundargarh district of Odisha. The contract envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of Electrostatic Precipitator Package.

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November 4, 2014

Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has quashed setting up of four thermal power plants of over 1700 MW capacity saying the companies were lagging far behind in completing the projects despite being given two extensions.UPERC official said that “UPERC has quashed setting up of four thermal power plants totalling 1760 MW capacity as the plants were nowhere near completion despite two extensions.”He said every aspect of the project was taken into account before arriving at the decision. The projects were also affected due to lack of coal linkage.The projects that were cancelled are: the 250 MW power plants proposed to be set up by Parekh in Barabanki, 600 MW plant to be set up by Creative Thermolite in Murka, 250 MW by Unitech in Auraiyya and 660MW power plant by Torrent in Sandila.

These projects were proposed to be set up during previous Mayawati government regime in 2008 under the Memorandum of Understanding route but could not be executed for lack of coal linkage.The present Samajwadi Party government had given 18 months extension to these projects in June 2012 and again in Dec 2013. Besides these, the commission has cleared four projects — 1980 MW Lalitpur power plant to be developed by Bajaj group, 1320 MW power plant to be developed by Himavat in Bhognipur, 1320 MW by Lanco in Bhogi

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