Bhilai Steel power station

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Bhilai Steel power station is a 574-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Chhattisgarh, India.

A 1000 MW coal-fired expansion was proposed but appears to have been abandoned.


The undated satellite photo below shows the steel power station in the village of Bhilai.

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Bhilai Steel power station is in Bhilai, India. The first power station, the Bhilai Captive Power Plant, is 74 MW (2x30 MW and 1x14 MW). [1] Two 250 MW coal fired units (Units 4-5) were commissioned in 2009.[2]


Unit Number Capacity (MW) Year
1 14
2 30 1982
3 30 1983
4 250 2009
5 250 2009

Description of Expansion

The company received a Terms of Reference in 2011 for a 4 X 250 MW coal-fired expansion.[3] However, the project appears to have been abandoned since there is no mention of it on the company website, and after four years the company has not applied for an environmental clearance.


The power station is owned and operated by NSPCL, a 50:50 joint venture company of NTPC Limited and Steel Authority of India (SAIL) to generate power for captive proposes of various steel plants owned by SAIL.[4]


The power plant received export credit provided to General Electric.[5]

Poor quality coal supply

In January 2014 a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team from Gandhinagar in Gujarat raided premises of Indore-based Bhatia International for supplying poor quality coal to NTPC-SAIL Power Corporation, including the Bhilai Power Plant. The poor quality coal supply resulted in a total loss of Rs 92.91 crore to the government.[6]

Project Details of expansion

  • Sponsor: NTPC-SAIL Power Company (NSPCL)
  • Parent company: NTPC, Steel Authority of India (SAIL)
  • Location: Bhilai village, Raipur district, Chhattisgarh
  • Coordinates: 21.184, 81.4237 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 6: 250 MW
    • Unit 7: 250 MW
    • Unit 8: 250 MW
    • Unit 9: 250 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, Apr 27, 2011

Articles and resources


  2. "Bhilai 2X250 MW Expansion Power Project," NTPC-SAIL Power Company website, accessed Jan 2014.
  3. Terms of Reference, Ministry of Environment & Forests, (Apr 27, 2011)
  5. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  6. "CBI raids Bhilai power plant officials, pvt firm," Times of India, Jan 5, 2014.

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