Pudimadaka Ultra Mega Power Project

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Pudimadaka Ultra Mega Power Project is a proposed 4,000-megawatt coal-fired power station by NTPC in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of Pudimadaka village near Anakapalle, but not the exact location of the project.

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Background

NTPC and the government of Andhra Pradesh signed a draft power purchase agreement for this project in early 2011, but subsequently the company made no progress on land acquisition.[1]

In January 2014 project sponsor NTPC said it was planning on fast-tracking the project. The project was initially to use domestic coal, but facing difficulty in securing a coal linkage, it may use imported coal. NTPC is awaiting land clearance from the state government, and will then seek the necessary permits, after which it will take an estimated 42 months to implement the five 800 MW units.[2]

In September 2014, The Hindu reported that NTPC will receive fast-track status for the project. 1200 acres were reported to have been allotted the project. According to the report, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has instructed officials to accord all clearances without delay. The next step in the process will be land acquisition, followed by geotechnical investigation, topography, and environmental assessment studies, and then public hearings.[1]

A terms of reference was issued for the project in February 2015.[3] A public hearing on the plant was held in August 2015. An estimated one thousand local people attended, many of them opposing the plant based on its pollution effects.[4]

In March 2016 the India government said it planned to bid out three ultra mega power projects that year: Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu, Bedabahal in Odisha and Banka in Bihar. Pudimadaka was not included.[5]

NTPC continues to pursue the project, and will consider a government request to have it fueled by domestic rather than imported coal.[6] In November 2016 it was reported that long-term coal linkage was delayed, "and there was no progress in the project except acquiring 1,200 acres from the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation."[7]

Project Details

Sponsor: NTPC
Location: Pudimadaka village, Achutapuram mandel, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates: 17.492713, 83.002767 (approximate)
Status: Pre-permit development
Nameplate capacity:

  • Unit 1: 800MW
  • Unit 2: 800MW
  • Unit 3: 800MW
  • Unit 4: 800MW
  • Unit 5: 800MW

Type: Supercritical
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Imported coal, estimated at 19.8 million tonnes per annum[1]
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permit and applications: "Terms of Reference," India MoEF, Feb. 25, 2015

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