Ratnagiri Power Plant

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Ratnagiri Power Plant is a 1200-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Maharashtra, India. It is also the location of a proposed 3,200 MW expansion.

Location

The map below shows the location of the plant west of Jaigad. (The reason the plant is labeled "Jindal Thermal Power plant" on some maps is that the sponsor, JSW Energy, is controlled by the Jindal family.)

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Background

The power station is located in Jaigad, in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is owned by JSW Energy, a company controlled by the Jindal family. The final unit began commercial operation in October 2011.[1]

3,200 MW expansion put on hold

The 3,200 MW Ratnagiri Power Plant expansion has been proposed by JSW Energy for the same location.[2]

Maharashtra is among India’s most industrialized states, and is reportedly seeking to make itself an "attractive investment destination" for manufacturers to maintain its primacy in the sector.[3]

In July 2011, JSW Energy said it was delaying expansion of its 3,200 MW coal plant in Ratnagiri as it waits for coal-pricing “clarity” from Indonesia and Australia.[4]

Citizen opposition

In May 2011, farmers marched to protest coal plants in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, in an area known as the Konkan Coast. The protests were organized by the Ratnagiri Zilla Jagruk Manch, an organization leading a campaign against seven thermal power plants proposed for the district. In Pawas, Ratnagiri district, villagers protested with a hunger strike.[5][6]

Project Details for 3200 MW expansion

Sponsor: JSW Energy
Location: Jaigad, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra
Coordinates: 17.296375, 73.213105 (exact)
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 3200 MW (4 x 800 MW)
Type: Supercritical[7]
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Imported through JSW Jaigarh Port[7]
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Phase I, Units 1-4: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, May 17, 2007

Resources

References

  1. "Fourth 300-MW unit of JSW's Ratnagiri plant comes onstream," MoneyControl.com, October 17, 2011
  2. Rajesh Kumar Singh, "Billionaire Jindal’s JSW Delays Power-Project Expansion on High Coal Costs" Bloomberg, July 22, 2011.
  3. Makarand Gadgil, "R-Power wants to scrap Raigad power project" Wall Street Journal, Sep. 10, 2011.
  4. Rajesh Kumar Singh, "Billionaire Jindal’s JSW Delays Power-Project Expansion on High Coal Costs" Bloomberg, July 22, 2011.
  5. "Fuelling dissent: Coal power plants," NDTV, May 1, 2011
  6. "Another Nandigran?" Tehelka, November 21, 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 "JSW Energy - Current Projects," JSW Energy website, accessed December 2011

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