Badarpur power station

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Badarpur power station is a 705 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in New Delhi, India which is owned and operated by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).[1]

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Badarpur, New Delhi, situated in south east corner of Delhi on Mathura Road near Faridabad.

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Background

Badarpur power station was initially installed as a five-unit power station of 720 MW, commissioned from 1973 to 1981. It has since been de-rated to 705 MW. It was owned and conceived by India's Central Electric Authority. Ownership of the power station was transferred to NTPC in 2006.[1]

Pollution and closure

According to a 2015 study by the Centre for Science and Environment, The Badarpur Power Plant is the most polluting power plant in India. The plant contributed only 8% of the Delhi's electric power but produced 80 to 90% of the city's particulate matter pollution from the energy sector.[2]

In response to extreme air pollution in New Delhi, the Delhi government sent notices in December 2015 to two thermal power plants—Badarpur power station and Rajghat power station—to shut operations within a week to control pollution levels. It is not clear if the closure is a temporary or permanent measure, with officials saying that they would have to assess the situation. State-run NTPC has not issued any statement but sources said it will cooperate with the government to control pollution levels. Both Badarpur and Rajghat power stations together produce about 1,000MW which the government said would be met through alternative sources.[3]

During the Great smog of Delhi in November 2016, the power plant was shut down to alleviate the acute air pollution suffered by residents of the city. It was restarted on March 16, 2017. Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has proposed to permanently close down the plant by July 2018.[4]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: NTPC
  • Location: Badarpur, New Delhi, India
  • Coordinates: 28.505556, 77.306944 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 705 MW (Units 1-3: 95 MW, Units 4-5: 210 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Star year: 1973 (Unit 1), 1974 (Unit 2), 1975 (Unit 3), 1978 (Unit 4), 1981 (Unit 5)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Jharia Coal Fields
  • Source of financing:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Thermal Power Corporation, "Badarpur,", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed Oct 2017
  2. "The Badarpur Plant's effect on air pollution and why it needs to be shut down", The Economic Times (12 August 2016). Retrieved on 25 November 2016. 
  3. "Notice to two thermal plants," TNN, Dec 9, 2015
  4. "Badarpur thermal power station to start operations on Thursday", Hindustan Times (15 March 2017). Retrieved on 10 April 2017. 

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