Coastal Maharashtra Project

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Coastal Maharashtra Project was a proposed 2,400-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Maharashtra, India.

Location

The map below shows the district of Raigad (also known as Raigarh), but not the exact location of the project.

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Background

Phase I of the project is 1600 MW; Phase II is 800 MW. The company reports on its website, "During the year, Tata Power has made substantial progress in the Coastal Maharashtra Project. The Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R & R) Authority of the Government of Maharashtra has approved the R & R proposal made by Tata Power. Land acquisition has commenced. The plant is expected to be commissioned within four years of land acquisition."[1]

According to the 2010-2011 annual report of Tata Power, "All statutory clearances required to start the 1,600 MW Coastal Maharashtra Project are in place. Disbursement of compensation to landowners is in progress by Raigad District Authorities and above 50% of private land has been acquired till date." The company also reports that it has secured a fresh water allocation from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Compensation to landowners began in August 2010. "Economic options for coal logistics are under evaluation."[2]

Project placed on hold

In June 2012, Tata Power announced that it was placing all new imported coal projects on hold, except for the 4,000 MW Tata Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project. The company included the 2,400 MW Coastal Maharashtra Project among the projects placed on hold. The reason for the action, according to the company, was rises in imported coal prices resulting from regulatory changes by the government of Indonesia.[3]

Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) Agreement

In August 2009, Maharashtra energy minister Sunil Tatkare told the Financial Express that 293 of the 367 "project affected families" (PAF) in the 460 hectare project area had given their consent to land acquisition.[4]

Under the Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) Agreement between the company and the Maharashtra government, the company will pay Rs 2 crore per village (Dehrand and Shahapur) for basic infrastructure and civic amenities. The company will spend Rs 25 lakh per village annually for maintenance of basic infrastructure and civic amenities. Each Project Affected Family (PAF) will receive a one-time compensation of Rs 5 lakhs per acre.[5]

Phase II: 800 MW

Tata Power proposes adding a second 800 MW unit to the project.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: Coastal Maharashtra Power, a subsidiary of Tata Power
Location: Dherand village, Raigad district, Maharashtra[5]
Coordinates: 18.75, 72.9583 (approximate)
Status: Cancelled
Nameplate capacity: Phase I: 1600 MW; Phase II: 800 MW
Type: Supercritical[5]
Projected in service:
Coal Source: Import coal from Indonesia[5]
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Phase I: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, December 9, 2009

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References

  1. "Power Projects & Related Services," Tata Power, accessed February 2012
  2. "Growth Plans," Tata Power 2010-2011 Annual Report
  3. Sanjeev Choudhary, "UPDATE 1-India's Tata to shelve new imported-coal projects," Reuters, June 14, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sanjay Jog, "Tata’s Maha power project on stream as landowners budge," The Financial Express, August 18, 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Tata Power inks pat with Maharashtra govt for R&R package," The Economic Times, July 13, 2011

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