Shahpur Thermal Power Project

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Shahpur Thermal Power Project was a proposed 1200 to 1800-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Maharashtra, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of Shahpur but not the exact location of the project.

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Background

The power station was proposed by Maharashtra Energy Generation Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Power. In 2006 MEGL sought tender bids for the development of two identical super-critical coal units "in the range of 1200-1800 MW". These would supplement a 1400MW gas-fired plant, which is being developed as phase 1 of the project.[1][2]

The current status of the coal-fired units is unclear. On its website, Reliance Power refers to the Shahapur project only as a 4,000MW gas project.[3]

Project cancelled

In September 2011, it was reported that Reliance Power wants to scrap a proposed 4,000 megawatts (MW) power project at Shahpur in Maharashtra’s Raigad district "because of the state government’s inability to complete land acquisition within the legally stipulated time frame." The Shahpur project, being developed by R-Power’s subsidiary, Maharashtra Energy Generation Ltd, has two parts— 1,200MW would be based on imported coal, and the rest on gas.

The state government issued a notification to acquire 2,700 acres of land in Shahpur and six adjoining villages in November 2007. The process had to be completed in three years under the state’s land acquisition law, which it hasn’t done. R-Power sent a letter to district collector H.K. Jawale on 3 September, saying it wouldn’t be able to pursue the project in view of the government’s failure to meet the land acquisition deadline. It also demanded the return of Rs. 45 crore that had been deposited with the state government to start the land acquisition process. Jawale had recommended that the land acquisition be scrapped on 3 August, as R-Power executives had promised in May 2010 to offer a resettlement package for villagers that would be displaced by the plant, but no such undertaking was provided by R-Power despite a reminder in June 2011, Jawale said.

In addition, R-Power had planned to source coal for its project from its mine in Indonesia, but fuel produced in that country is set to become more expensive as Indonesia recently pegged prices to prevailing international rates.

Maharashtra is among India’s most industrialized states, and is seeking to make itself an attractive investment destination for manufacturers to maintain its primacy in the sector.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: Reliance Power
Location: Shahpur village, Alibag taluk, Raigad district, Maharashtra
Coordinates: 18.64, 72.88 (approximate)
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 1200-1800 MW
Type: Supercritical
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Resources

References

  1. "Maharashtra Energy Generation Limited (MEGL)", Reliance Energy website, accessed May 2011.
  2. "Information for Bidders, Reliance Energy, July 31, 2006. (Pdf)
  3. Reliance Power, "Gas Based Projects", Reliance Power website, accessed May 2011.
  4. Makarand Gadgil, "R-Power wants to scrap Raigad power project" Wall Street Journal, Sep. 10, 2011.

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