Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station
Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station, also known as the Krishnapatnam Supercritical thermal power project, is a power station in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The photo below shows the plant in Nelaturu village, near Krishnapatnam and 23 km from Nellore city of Andhra Pradesh.
Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station is a 2400 MW coal plant under various stages of construction in the state of Andhra Pradhesh, India. It was envisioned for 1600 MW (2X 800 MW), but a terms of reference for an additional 800 MW was granted in 2012.
The project will use Supercritical boilers. It is sponsored by Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO) and is categorized as a Mega Power Project, enabling to proceed on a fast-track basis. It is designed for a mixture of 70% domestic coal and 30% imported coal. Sea water will be used for cooling. Krishnapatnam Port (5 km) will be used for importing coal.
The Power station is designed for blended coal in the ratio of 70% washed domestic coal from Talcher Coalfield to 30% imported coal. Sea water is proposed for cooling purpose and potable water by desalination. Krishnapatnam port (about 5 km from site) will cater to the requirement of importing heavy machinery and both domestic & imported coal of 3.5 and 1.5 million tons per annum respectively. EPC contract for the main plant has been awarded to Tata Projects Limited during July,2008 and for BOP during February 2009. The estimated complete cost of project is about Rs 8432/- Crores. The Debt & Equity ratio is 80:20 and Project is being financed by PFC and KfW, Germany.
Boiler erection began in June 2017, and as of August 2018 is reported to be 39% complete.
Expansion to 4000 MW Cancelled
The government halted plans for APGenco to expand its Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. The plant size was expected to increase in size from 1,600 MW to 4,000 MW, cleared by government officials July 17, 2008. The government instead reallocated the land to Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) for onward transfer to Thermal Powertech Corporation. "It looks as though the state government came under sudden political pressure on behalf of Powertech because of which the expansion plans of a great performer like Genco was thrown to the winds and the land given to the private company," former Union power secretary E A S Sarma told the Times of India. Thermal Powertech had initially been allotted land in Machilipatnam in a prohibited coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) for its thermal plant. However, environmentalists were alarmed that the proposed site was a breeding ground for rare birds. In response, the government denied environmental clearance for the site. The land was reallocated to APIIC just weeks after the environmental clearance for the Thermal Powertech Corporation's Machilipatnam plant.
According to reports, "Villagers of Nelaturu and Painapuram and surrounding habitations (where the plant is to be built) staged a protest in December 2011." The locals demanded "payment of suitable compensation to the land acquired for construction of the power plant, besides job security for workers, a hospital and an ITI and other resources in the village."
Sponsor: Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO)
Location: Nelaturu village, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates: 14.3276045, 80.122105 (exact)
- Unit 1: Operating
- Unit 2: Operating
- Unit 3: Construction
- Unit 1: 800 MW
- Unit 2: 800 MW
- Unit 3: 800 MW
Projected in service:
- Unit 1: 2014
- Unit 2: 2015
- Unit 3: 2019
Coal Source: 70% washed domestic coal from Talcher Coalfield to 30% imported coal (Units 1-2); 100% imported coal (Unit 3)
Source of financing: 80% debt / 20% equity - financed by PFC and KfW, Germany
Permits: Terms of Reference, Unit 3, India MoEF, Sep 26, 2012; EIA, Unit 3, Sep 2014; Environmental Clearance, Unit 3, India MoEF, July 2, 2015
Articles and resources
- Terms of Reference, MoEF, Sep 26, 2012.
- "Projects," APGENCO, accessed February 2012
- "Nelatur power plant 1st unit to be ready by 2013", The Hindu (10 February 2012). Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
- "800-MW unit-I of AP Genco’s Krishnapatnam plant goes on stream," The Hindu, April 1, 2014.
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country" Government of India Ministry of Power, February 2015.
- "BHEL commissions 800 MW supercritical boiler at Krishnapatnam," BS, Apr 2, 2015
- "2nd unit of Genco power plant to be synchronised soon," The Hindu, Nov 19, 2014
- "EIA," APGENCO, September 2014
- "Environmental Clearance," India MoEF, July 2, 2015
- "First supercritical thermal plant in AP to go on stream today," Hans India, Feb 27, 2016
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, October 2016
- "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, August 2018
- Jinka Nagaraju, "YSR nips expansion plans of Krishnapatnam power plant," The Times of India, February 19, 2009.
- "Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station, Andhra Pradesh, India" Environmental Justice Atlas, accessed April 21, 2014.