Sasan Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Power, is developing the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project and three associated coal mines. The 4,000 megawatt power plant in the state of Madhya Pradesh is one of nine 'ulta mega' coal-fired power stations proposed by the government of India as part of a strategy to add an additional 100,000 megawatts of generation capacity by 2017. The project is slated for completion by 2013.
The project was also set to become one of the largest coal power project awarded carbon credits under the United Nations's carbon trading scheme, Clean Development Mechanism, before it was found destroying forests and displacing poor communities in India.  The problem was recognized by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, which since suspended its methodology and is now pending a review of its feasibility.
Articles and resources
- Rebecca Petchey, Michael Lampard and Alan Copeland, Thermal coal", Australian commodities, ABARE, Volume 17 number 1, March quarter 2010, page 155.
- Amiti Sen & Subhash Narayan, "States make case for second UMPP with advanced land clearances", Economic Times, (India), March 20, 2010.
- Ecologist, "UN-backed coal power station linked to deforestation and land-grabbing, The Ecologist website, accessed November 29, 2011].
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