Bhavnagar power station

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Bhavnagar power station, also known as Padva power station, is a 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under development in Gujarat, India.

Location

The satellite photo shows the project in Padva village, Ghogha taluk, Bhavnagar district, Gujarat state.

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Background

GPCL is a nodal agency set up by the state government to promote power projects in the state. GPCL proposed the power station through Bhavnagar Energy, and received environmental clearance for the power station in 2010.[1] According to the Central Electricity Authority, the first two units of 250 MW each are under construction and projected to be commissioned in 2013.[2]

GPCL describes a somewhat smaller project, stating on its website that projects under implementation include a 3 x 125 MW pit head lignite-based power project in Bhavnagar district. The site also states that mining leases have been granted to GPCL in Surkha-I.[3]

The project was later put under GPCL subsidiary Bhavnagar Electric Company Ltd (BECL). According to the BECL website: "BECL has been promoted to exploit the lignite resources available in the Bhavnagar district in the Saurashtra region for Power generation purpose. Hence, it was proposed to install 2 X 250 MW lignite based Thermal power Station at village Padva, taluka Ghogha of Bhavnagar district in Gujarat."[4]

According to the India CEA, the power station is planned for completion by 2017.[5] The India CEA reported Unit 1 was commissioned in July 2016,[6] and unit 2 in March 2017.[7]

However, the India CEA's report that the project was commissioned conflicts with local news reports that construction is ongoing, with commissioning delayed due to public opposition. In May 2018, police arrested over 500 farmers protesting against the establishment of three proposed lignite mines to supply the Bhavnagar power station. According to the Times of India, an estimated 1000 people gathered to protest against Gujarat Power Corporation Limited’s (GPCL) occupation of 1415 hectares of land it bought before 2005 but which was subsequently reoccupied and farmed by displaced villagers. The farmers have launched legal action to have the land acquisition declared void due to GPCL’s delay in occupying the land. GPCL is proposing to acquire a further 1565 hectares "once the plant is fully commissioned".[8]

Satellite photos through July 2018 suggest one unit has either been completed and is operating sporadically or is undergoing testing, with only occasional smoke since November 2016.

Project Details

Sponsor: Bhavnagar Energy
Location: Padva village, Ghogha taluk, Bhavnagar district, Gujarat
Coordinates: 21.5831517, 72.2221792 (exact)
Status: Construction
Nameplate capacity: 500 MW (Units 1-2: 250 MW)
Type: Circulating fluidized bed
Projected in service:
Coal Source: local lignite
Estimated annual CO2: 2,217,638 tons
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Environmental clearance, India MoEF, Feb 2, 2010

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