Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project
Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project (also known as Bedabahal UMPP or Beda-Bahal UMPP) is a proposed 4,000-megawatt (MW) coal fired power station in Odisha, India. The project is one of the Ultra Mega Power Projects proposed by the government of India.
The project is planned for Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh district. The map shows the location of Bhedabahal but not the exact location of the project:
By 2008 a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named Orissa Integrated Power Limited had been formed and coal blocks allotted in Meenakshi, Meenakshi-B and Dipside Meenakshi with a reserve of 880 million tonnes. The expected commissioning date was 2013.
Twenty power companies, including Tata Power and Lanco, submitted bids for the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) and were believed to have qualified for the second round, which starts in October 2011.
OIPL submitted a revised proposal for environment clearance in October 2013.
In August 2014 it was reported that the state government would begin work on the project even though bids for its construction and operation had yet to be awarded.
Bidding for the project was cancelled in December 2014, as private companies pulled out, leaving only public companies. The private companies raised concerns on the design, build, finance, operate, and transfer (DBFOT) model for the UMPP, saying the risk and benefits were not apportioned equitably, with most losses going to the power producer while most gains would go to the procurer. The power ministry said it would revise the standard bidding documents. A new bid is planned for October 2015.
In March 2016 the India government said it planned to bid out three ultra mega power projects that year: Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu, Sundargarh (Bedabahal) in Odisha and Banka in Bihar.
On June 29, 2011, the Ministry of Environment and Forests gave approval to three proposed plants in Orissa and cleared six coal blocks related to the plants. Three coal-blocks (Meenakshi-A, Meenakshi-B and Meenakshi Dipside) were allocated to the Sundargarh UMPP. Five of the six coal blocks were in areas the Environment Ministry had previously defined as no go areas for mining in 2010, including Dulanga, as those areas had over 30 per cent gross forest cover. The actual mining process can begin only once the companies receive the final approval of a panel set up to assess projects in forest areas.
In July 2015 it was reported that Meenakshi, Meenakshi-B and dip side of Meenakshi coal blocks have been allocated for the 4,000 Mw plant.
On September 21, 2011, civil society groups said the Orissa government should conduct a fresh study on thermal power plants in the state, a day after the National Green Tribunal recommended in-depth research on the impact of radiation from a plant at Koradi in Maharashtra. Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) convenor Ranjan Panda said: "all under construction thermal power plants [should] stop work before such impacts assessments are done and ask for fresh environment impact assessment studies and public hearings for these plants in line with the latest judgment."
Sponsor: Odisha Integrated Power Ltd (OIPL)
Location: Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh District, Odisha
Coordinates: 22.040484, 84.032603 (approximate)
Nameplate capacity: 4,000 MW
Projected in service:
Coal Source: Meenakshi and Meenakshi-B coal blocks
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
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Articles and resources
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