Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project

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Deoghar Ultra Mega Power Project is a proposed 4,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Jharkhand, India.

Location

The map below shows the location where the plant would be built in Deoghar District, at about 9 to 10 kilometers North-west of the Madhupur town and 16 kms from Deoghar town.

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Background

Deoghar Mega Power Limited, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation, was incorporated in 2012 as a Special Purpose vehicle for setting up the 4000 MW power station. Coal will be sourced domestically, from captive coal blocks in Rajmahal or a nearby coalfield. Estimated annual total consumptive water requirement for the plant is about 110 Million Cubic Meter (MCM)/year.[1]

In December 2012 the project was recommended for a terms of reference. The proposed project will be spread over 2,600 acres covering Husainabad and 10 other villages, in the district of Deoghar. Land acquisition would affect 450 families consisting of around 2,500 people. Estimated coal required for the project will be around 18 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).[2]

In May 2014 it was reported that coal for the UMPP would likely be sourced from Jharkhand.[3]

In January 2016 Jharkhand energy secretary S.K. Rahate said he hoped the bidding for Deoghar UMPP would be done in the next financial year (from April 1). Hans India reports the project is suffering from land bottlenecks, as the 2,600-acre project area includes both forest and raiyati (private) land.[4]

In March 2016 the India government said it planned to bid out three ultra mega power projects that year: Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu, Bedabahal in Odisha and Banka in Bihar. Deoghar was not included.[5]

In July 2016 it was reported that as many as 31 villages could be submerged if water for the project is drawn from the Ajay River, due to the need to build dams on the river to provide cooling water.[6]

As of May 2018 the project has not received environmental clearance, and plans appear shelved.

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