Parli Thermal Power Station

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Parli Thermal Power Station is a 1,380-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL), a Maharashtra government owned company in India.[1]

Location of old plant

The original plant (units 1-5) is located on the north side of Parli-Vaijnath, Beed district, Maharashtra state.

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Location of plant expansion

The plant expansion (units 6-8) is located about 5 kilometers north of the old plant.

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Background on units 1-5

The first five units were built from 1971 through 1987 on the north side of Parli-Vaijnath. Units 1-2 (30 MW each) were built 1971-172 and retired in 2010. Units 3-5 are 210 MW each, and were completed from 1982 to 1987.[1]

Units 6-8 expansion

The expansion of the plant began in 2007 with the addition of Unit 6 (250 MW). Unit 7 (250 MW) was completed in 2010.[2]

Unit 8 (250 MW) began construction in 2009,[2][3][3] and is projected for commissioning in October 2015.[4][5]

However, in October 2015 MahaGenco said it would defer commissioning of the new unit until the next monsoon season in mid-2016, due to water shortages.[6]

Unit 8 was commissioned in March 2016.[7]

Plant shuts after water crisis

In February 2013, the plant was shut down because of a severe water shortage in the Marathwada region. The plant normally receives water from the Khadka dam but the supply was stopped when the reservoir behind the dam nearly dried up.[8]

In October 2015 it was reported that five units at the Parli power station had been closed since July 2015 due to a lack of water.[6]

Project Details

Sponsor: Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSPGCL)
Location: Parli-Vaijnath, Beed district, Maharashtra

  • Old plant (units 1-5): 18.8684504733, 76.5253684316 (exact)
  • Plant expansion (units 6-8): 18.9075857, 76.5429497 (exact)

Status: Retired (Units 1-2); Operating (Units 3-8)
Capacity and year of commissioning:[9]

  • Unit 1: 30 MW (1971) - Retired 2010
  • Unit 2: 30 MW (1972) - Retired 2010
  • Unit 3: 210 MW (1980)
  • Unit 4: 210 MW (1985)
  • Unit 5: 210 MW (1987)
  • Unit 6: 250 MW (2007)
  • Unit 7: 250 MW (2010)
  • Unit 8: 250 MW (2016)

Type: Subcritical
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, "Installed Capacity", Maharashtra State Power Generation Company website, accessed November 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ongoing Projects," Mahagenco website, accessed October 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country" Government of India Ministry of Power, September 2013
  4. Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, February 2015
  5. "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Lack of rain in Marathwada to affect power plants," DNA, 5 October 2015
  7. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  8. "Parli power plant shuts down after water crisis," NDTV, February 17, 2013
  9. "Parli Coal Power Station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed March 2012

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