Santaldih Thermal Power Station

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The Santaldih power station is a 500-megawatt (MW) coal plant operated by National Thermal Power Corporation in West Bengal, India. In 2011, a new Unit 6 (250 MW) became operable.

Location

The power station is located at Santaldih village in the Purulia district.

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Background

The existing power station consists of the following units:[1][2]

  • Unit 1 - 120 MW - 1974 (retired FY 2010/2011; demolished between 2014 and 2016)
  • Unit 2 - 120 MW - 1975 (retired FY 2010/2011; demolished between 2014 and 2016)
  • Unit 3 - 120 MW - 1978 (retired FY 2009; demolished between 2014 and 2016)
  • Unit 4 - 120 MW - 1981 (retired FY 2008; demolished between 2014 and 2016)
  • Unit 5 - 250 MW - 2007
  • Unit 6 - 250 MW - 2011

Expansion

An additional unit 6 (250 MW) became operable in November 2011.[3]

Units 7 and 8 (660 MW each) were also proposed. According to a report in The Hindu, NTPC "has already backtracked from its initial offer to set up" the additional units. The article quoted NTPC Chairman Roy Chowdhury: "We explored the possibility of setting up a facility replacing the existing age old units of Santhaldih power station (under state utility). However, the available infrastructure was inadequate to ensure project viability."[4]

On its website the West Bengal Power Development Corporation states that the company plans to add two 500 MW units (units 7 and 8), and "the process of start­ing one 500 MW unit is under oper­a­tion."[5]

As of August 2015 the project has yet to receive environmental permits, and appear to be deferred or abandoned.

Project details of expansion

Sponsor: National Thermal Power Corporation
Location: Santaldih village, Purulia district, West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23.6013, 86.4666 (exact)
Status:

  • Unit 6: Operating (2011)
  • Units 7 and 8: Cancelled

Capacity:

  • Unit 6: 250 MW
  • Units 7 & 8: 1,000 MW (2 x 500MW)

Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: Unit 6: 2011
Coal Type: Bituminous
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Unit 6: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, June 13, 2007

Resources and articles

References

  1. West Bengal Power Development Corporation, "San­taldih Ther­mal Power Sta­tion (STPS)", West Bengal Power Development Corporation, accessed February 2012.
  2. "Auction details," WBPDC, December 2012, cached
  3. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country" Government of India Ministry of Power, February 2012.
  4. "NTPC may drop 1,600-MW Katwa thermal project," The Hindu Business Line, July 18, 2011
  5. West Bengal Power Development Corporation, "Future Projects", West Bengal Power Development Corporation website, accessed July 2014.

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