Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project

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Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project (also known as Bedabahal or Beda-Bahal UMPP) is one of the Ultra Mega Power Projects proposed by the government of India as part of a strategy to add an additional 100,000 megawatts of generation capacity by 2017.

Location

The project is planned for Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh district. The map shows the location of Bhedabahal but not the exact location of the project:

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Background

The 4,000 megawatt project is in the state of Orissa (now called Odisha).[1][2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

OIPL submitted a revised proposal for environment clearance in October 2013.[5]

Coal blocks

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.[6]

Citizen Action

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."[7]

Project Details

Sponsor: Odisha Integrated Power Ltd (OIPL)
Location: Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh District, Odisha
Coordinates: 22.040484, 84.032603 (approximate)
Status: Pre-permit development
Nameplate capacity: 4,000 MW
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Projected in service: 2017
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References

  1. Rebecca Petchey, Michael Lampard and Alan Copeland, Thermal coal", Australian commodities, ABARE, Volume 17 number 1, March quarter 2010, page 155.
  2. Amiti Sen & Subhash Narayan, "States make case for second UMPP with advanced land clearances", Economic Times, (India), March 20, 2010.
  3. "Sundergarh Ultra Mega Power Project in Orissa by 2013" KSEB Officers' Association, December 22, 2008.
  4. "20 bidders qualify for next round for Orissa's UMPP" The Economic Times, Sep. 20, 2011.
  5. "OIPL drafting PPA for Odisha UMPP: The maiden UMPP with a capacity of 4000 Mw is coming up at Bhedabahal in Sundargarh district," BS Reporter, December 30, 2013.
  6. "Environment ministry clears 3 Orissa power projects" Business Today, June 29, 2011.
  7. Bhubaneswar, "Activists demand fresh study on Orissa thermal plants" Deccan Herald, Sep. 21, 2011.

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