Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station

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Cuttack power station (KVK Nilachal) is a proposed 1050-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Odisha, India.

Location

The map below shows the construction site near Kandarei village, west of Cuttack.

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Background

The project is being developed in two phases by KVK Nilachal Power Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of KVK. Phase I of the project is 350 MW, and Phase II is 700 MW.[1]

Construction on the project was halted in 2012, when the Cuttack High Court imposed an interim stay on grounds of violation of wildlife protection laws. In March 2014 the Odisha government urged the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) to grant wildlife clearance for the project.[2]

As shown on Google Earth, structural work was proceeding on the first unit as of April 9, 2012, but was frozen at that point. Other units had not entered construction.

In May 2015 the Odisha government said it was considering extending the MoU of KVK Nilachal, as litigation had impeded the pace of the project's progress.[3]

According to the India government in March 2016, unit 1 has resumed construction and is planned for operation in 2018-2019. Units 2-3 are "uncertain."[4] According to the July 2016 Broad Status report, "No work is under progress presently."[5]

According to the March 2017 Broad Status report, "No work is under progress presently." The report shows that expenditure on the project peaked in FY 2011-12 at Rs75,226 lakhs, dropping to Rs 15,740 lakhs in 2012-13, 5,847 lakhs in 2013-14, and 6,000 lakhs in 2014-15.

For examples of other stalled coal projects in India, see Troubled Indian Coal Plant Construction Sites.

Project Details

Sponsor: KVK
Location: Kandarei village, Althagarh taluk, Cuttack district, Odisha
Coordinates: 20.5870974, 85.742653 (exact)
Status: Unit 1: Shelved (Construction on hold); Units 2 and 3: Cancelled
Capacity: 1050 MW

  • Phase I, Unit 1: 350 MW
  • Phase II, Unit 1: 350 MW
  • Phase II, Unit 2: 350 MW

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Permits and applications: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 18, 2009

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References

  1. "Current Projects," KVK website, accessed February 2012
  2. "Odisha nudges MoEF for wildlife nod to KVK Nilachal's project," Business Standard, March 19, 2014.
  3. "Odisha not to extend MoUs of 11 IPPs," Business Standard, May 11, 2015
  4. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  5. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, July 2016
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