Anuppur Thermal Power Project
Annupur Thermal Power Project is a proposed 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-based power station in Madhya Pradesh, India.
An additional 1,320 MW has been proposed.
The project is located at Laharpur Murra, Guwari, Belia, and Jethari villages. The photograph below shows the site where the plant is being built.
The project is proposed by by Hindustan Power Projects (formerly Moser Baer).
Phase I: 1200 MW
In January 2011, Moser Baer announced that the Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund (MSIF) and the State Bank of India (SBI) will invest in the plant.
In the May 2013 issue of Power Today, Moser Baer Projects Private Ltd Thermal Division CED L R Shrivastan said that the Anuppur Phase 1, with 2 x 600 MW capacity, was about 60 percent complete and would be commissioned "by early next year." In November 2014 it was listed as under construction by the India Central Electrical Authority.
Hindustan Powerprojects commissioned the 600 MW Unit 1 in May 2015. The unit had a total cost of Rs 8,000 crores. In July 2015 the Ministry of Power said unit 2 was planned for February 2016. Unit 2 was commissioned in March 2016.
Phase II: 1320 MW
In April 2010 a phase II expansion of two 660 MW units received a terms of reference to conduct an environmental impact assessment. As of March 2014, Hindustan Power Projects continued to list a second phase of 1320 MW.
In legal documents dated July 2015 regarding the tariff for the plant, Hindustan stated that "due to non-availability of coal either through linkages or mines, Phase II is still in the conceptual stage and its implementation shall be taken up only after firm availability of coal."
Hindustan rejects future coal plants
In March 2014, Hindustan Power Projects chairman Ratul Puri stated the company would not build further coal plants: “I’ve stopped developing coal plants. There’s not enough coal, and I’m not going to rely on imported coal. It’s too risky.”
Sponsor: Hindustan Power Projects (formerly Moser Baer)
Location: Laharpur Murra, Guwari, Belia, and Jethari villages, located in Jaithari and Annupur tehsils, Annupur district, Madhya Pradesh
Coordinates: 23.06633, 81.7859146 (exact)
- Phase I, Unit 1: Operating (2015)
- Phase I, Unit 2: Operating (2016)
- Phase II: Cancelled
- Phase I: 2 x 600 MW
- Phase II: 2 x 660 MW
Coal Source: South Eastern Coalfields
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing: Phase 1: Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund (MSIF) and the State Bank of India (SBI) 
Permits and applications:
- Environmental clearance: Phase I, India MoEF, May 28, 2010
- Terms of reference: Phase II, India MoEF, Apr 20, 2010
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- Hindustan Power, "Projects", Hindustan Power website, accessed March 2014.
- "Moser Baer's Anuppur thermal power plant attracts investment of Rs. 580 crore from a Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund and SBI," Moser Baer press release, January 11, 2011
- "Interaction," Policy Today, May 2013
- "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, November 2014
- “Hindustan Powerprojects Commissions 8,000 Crores 600 MW COD of Anuppur Plant for Rs 8,000 Cr,” The Financial Express, May 31, 2015
- "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
- "Terms of reference," India MoEF, Apr 20, 2010
- Order passed on July 29, 2015," mperc.nic.in, Jul 29, 2015
- "Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch," Japan Times, March 2, 2014
- Environmental Clearance J-13012/99/2008-IA.II (T), Ministry of Environment and Forests, May 28, 2010
- Environmental clearances for Anuppur phase I, Moser Baer