Jhajjar (Mahatma Gandhi) power station

From SourceWatch
Jump to: navigation, search

This article is part of the Coal Issues portal on SourceWatch, a project of CoalSwarm and the Center for Media and Democracy. See here for help on adding material to CoalSwarm.

This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of India and coal.
Sub-articles:

The Jhajjar power station is a 1320 megawatt coal-fired power station at Jhajjar district, Haryana, India. The project is operated by CLP India, a subsidiary of CLP.

Location

The undated satellite photo shows the plant is located approximately 25 km west-southwest of Jhajjar, between the villages of Khanpur Kalan and Jhamri in Matanhel tehsil, Jhajjar district, Haryana, India. Based on maps supplied in the EIA, it appears to be 1-2 km west of the site of the Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project.

Loading map...

Background

The plant is located in the district of Jhajjar, Haryana state, India. "Eighty-five per cent of it capacity is contracted for supply to the Haryana DISCOMs (UHBVNL and DHBVNL) and the remaining available capacity will be sold outside the state of Haryana to Tata Power," CLP states. The plant is intended to use domestic coal.[1]

The plant consists of two 660 MW units with a total capacity of 1320 MW. Both use supercritical technology.[2]

Unit 1 of the project (660 MW) began operating on January 11, 2012.[3] Unit 2 (660 MW) was commissioned on April 11, 2012.[4][5]

Coal supply problems

According to a June 2012 report in Bloomberg Businessweek, the plant was completed in April 2012 but is "dead cold" due to lack of coal supplies.[6]

A March 2012 article in the Indian Express described coal shortages at the Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Project and the adjacent Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project:[7]

Jharli, a 35-km, partially bone-rattling ride from the heart of dusty Jhajjar town, looks like just another sleepy outpost in Haryana’s eastern periphery. With a significant difference — it is the site of two mega power projects, pitched right opposite each other on a narrow state road, that are in various stages of commissioning. Both are big, based on domestic coal, but facing an equally massive coal shortage. The 1,500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project is being executed by joint venture firm Aravali Power, floated by NTPC Ltd, Haryana and Delhi. It was to get coal linkage of 6.94 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) allocated from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a Coal India Ltd subsidiary. “We are getting about half that amount,” said an NTPC official. “Of that, half of what comes in is just sand, stones and boulders. The irony is that the consignment, much of it just waste, is transported over 1,500 km, for which the consumer will be billed.” Bang opposite, the 1,320 MW Mahatma Gandhi Thermal Power Project, which was bagged through competitive bidding by CLP Power India in July 2008, was promised coal linkage of 5.21 mtpa from CCL, another Coal India arm. Power from this project was to be made available from January 2012. Till a couple of weeks back, the developers were still in the process of aggregating coal for testing, to maintain at least seven days’ continuous operations.

Environmental Assessment Report

The Environmental Assessment Report can be found here.

Air emissions

Each generating unit has a limestone-based flue gas desulfurization (FGD) unit.[2]

Project Details

Sponsor: CLP India
Location: Khanpur Kalan and Jhamri villages, Matanhel taluk, Jhajjar District, Haryana
Coordinates: 28.488143, 76.352534 (exact)
Status: Completed in April 2012 but not operating due to lack of coal[6]
Nameplate capacity: 1320 MW
Type: Supercritical
Coal Type:
Coal Source: North Karanpura coal fields, operated by Central Coalfields Limited (CCL)[2]
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing: Asian Development Bank

Resources and articles

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. CLP India, "Our Operations: Jhajjar Power Limited", CLP India website, accessed November 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Environmental Assessment Report: Jhajjar Thermal Power Project, Asian Development Bank, January 2009
  3. MONTHLY REPORT ON BROAD STATUS OF THERMAL POWER PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY, Ministry of Power, February 2012
  4. ALL INDIA REGIONWISE GENERATING INSTALLED CAPACITY (MW) OF POWER UTILITIES INCLUDING ALLOCATED SHARES IN JOINT AND CENTRAL SECTOR UTILITIES, Central Electricity Authority, April 30, 2012
  5. HPGCL, Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited, accessed January 23, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Indian Wind Developments Threatened by Weakening Rupee, CLP Says," Bloomberg Businessweek, June 18, 2012
  7. RAJIB CHATTERJEE , Anil Sasi, "From Jhajjar to Farakka, new to old, fuel shortage hits 130 power units," Indian Express, March 14, 2012
Loading map...

External resources