Sunday, December 23, 2007

HC awaits govt reply on Jaigad power plant

Business Standard
Monday,Dec 24,2007

HC awaits govt reply on Jaigad power plant
Press Trust Of India / Mumbai December 24, 2007

The Bombay High Court has reminded the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the Centre to file replies on the PIL opposing the OP Jindal group’s coal-based power plant in Jaigad in Ratnagiri district.

The 1,200-Mw power project is facing opposition despite getting clearances from both the MPCB and the environment and forest ministry. Fly-ash generated by the plant will ruin the horticulture in the area, it is feared.

The high court is currently hearing a PIL filed by the Ratnagiri Jilla Jagruk Manch (RJJM). “On the last three occasions, MPCB and the environment and forest ministry were given time to file their replies. They haven’t so far,” said advocate VA Gangal, petitioners’ lawyer.

Recently, when the matter came up before the division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice JP Deodhar, nobody from the MPCB’s side was present. Annoyed, the court had to postpone the hearing till January 16.

When the PIL was filed last year, the high court had appointed an expert committee to look into the issue. The committee asked the JSW Energy Ltd, the Jindal Group company that is setting up the plant near the port-town of Jaigad, to make a revised environmental impact management report.

The petitioners, however, say that this revised report must be cleared by MPCB and the ministry, but there is no reply from their side yet.

The area around Jaigad has large-scale cultivation of Alphanso mangoes, cashewnuts, coconuts, etc. The PIL claims that the thermal power plant will play havoc with the Rs 3,000-crore economy of the region.

Vivek Bhide, RJJM’s president, alleged that apart from the horticulture, marine life off Jaigad coast too will suffer because of the project. JSW is building a jetty near the old port. Bhide alleges that there are corals in the surrounding sea, which the jetty building operation can destroy.

However, JSW’s lawyer said in the high court that the company did not violate any law, and it had all the required permissions right from the beginning.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

NTPC inks pact with CSEB for power supply

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NTPC inks pact with CSEB for power supply

New Delhi (PTI): Country's largest power producer NTPC Ltd on Saturday said it has entered into an agreement with Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board for supplying power from its upcoming Mauda Super Thermal Power Project.

The agreement was signed here in the presence of NTPC Director (Commercial) R S Sharma and CSEB Chairman Rajib Ranjan, a company statement said.

The 1,000-MW Mauda Super Thermal Power Project is being set up in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Power generated from the station would be supplied to states in the western region.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

540 MW thermal power project at Warora, Chandrapur


New thermal power plant for Maharashtra
Special Correspondent
The 540 MW project is expected to generate 3,500 million units per annum

NEW DELHI: KSK Energy Ventures Private Limited on Saturday announced the launch of a 540 MW thermal power project at Warora, in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, through a Special Purpose Vehicle — Wardha Power Company Private Limited. The project involves a total investment of Rs. 2,400 crore. On completion, it will generate about 3,500 million units per annum.
The company entered into a deal with the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation, which has been allocated a coal block in Chhattisgarh. The GMDC retains the right to invest up to 26 per cent of the power project's equity. Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation has provided 94 hectares for the project.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Coal-rich Vidarbha can make Maharashtra power surplus

Thursday May 17, 10:38 AM

Nagpur, May 17 (IANS) The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is all set to transform the power-starved state into a power-surplus one again in the next five years, thanks to a host of upcoming and proposed projects.

Already accounting for over 60 percent of the power generated in the state, the coal-rich central Indian region of Vidarbha will soon boast of a string of new plants with an installed capacity to generate 13,500 megawatt of electricity, officials said.

The highlight of this ambitious power generation programme is a staggering 8,455 MW unit committed by nine private sector companies, including those of the Adani Group, Ispat's Central India Power Co. and the Hyderabad based KSK Energy Ventures.

Of the remaining part, as much as 3,400 MW will come from four state government-owned thermal power stations in Vidarbha (in Paras, Khaparkheda, Koradi and Chandrapur) and 1,000 each from the proposed units of state-run National Thermal Power Corp's proposed plant in Mouda near Nagpur and the special economic zone in Chandrapur.

The Gujarat-based Adani Group of Industries has recently bought 200 hectares of land in the Tiroda industrial area in eastern Vidarbha's Gondia district for their proposed 2,000 MW thermal power project estimated to cost Rs.80 billion ($1.9 billion).

'The plant erection work is scheduled to start coming September and the first unit should be in place in less than four years', the group general manager H.M. Choudhury told reporters during a recent visit here. The group will soon buy 300 hectares more for the massive project, he added.

The biggest coal importer in the country that supplies coal to several thermal power plants including those at Koradi and Khaparkheda in Vidarbha, the Adani Group foresees no problem as regards the availability of coal for their Tiroda project.

'We are going to get coal for 1,000 MW power unit from Korba in Chhattisgarh with the help of Gujarat Mineral Corp and will also try to get the mineral from the Western Coalfields Ltd. (WCL) mines in Chandrapur district', Choudhury said.

While the equally big (2,000 MW) thermal power project of the Ispat Group's (erstwhile Nippon Denro) Central India Power Co. is coming up in Bhadravati in Chandrapur district, the KSK Energy Ventures has set up its financial arm Wardha Power Co. to construct its 540 MW plant at Warora in Chandrapur district.

The KSK Ventures, which has committed half of the power it will produce to its equity partner Viraj Profiles and the rest to small-scale industrial units in the region, has decided to buy its power plant equipment from China instead of Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL), which is booked for the coming two years.

The other companies that have taken concrete steps to set up their power plants in Vidarbha are Jawaharlal Darda Yavatmal Energy (1,215 MW), Nagpur Power and Infrastructure Ltd (1,000 MW), Vibrant Energy and EMCO (500 MW each), Reliance Energy (200 MW) and Abhijit Infrastructure Ltd. (100 MW)

While all the proposed projects including those in the state sector lie in the realm of future, and would, therefore, have been taken with a big pinch of salt by an incredulous people, a chastened state government's fervent efforts to ease the power crisis have lent credence to their announcement.

A modicum of success that the state's power establishment has recently achieved in providing some relief to the harried power consumers in the shape of reduced load shedding - there is little or no power cut as of now in cities like Nagpur, Aurangabad and Amravati besides Pune - has whetted the popular optimism.

Even while managing to draw power in bits and snatches from all possible external sources including Gujarat, Haryana and the central pool and stepping up generation in its own Dabhol and Parli power plants, the state government has ensured generation of 2,100 MW in Dabhol by the year end, two-third of which will be available by June end itself.

Determined to do all it would take to wipe off the state's power shortage in the shortest possible time, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh last week obtained New Delhi's nod for additional supplies of coal and gas, besides environmental clearances for the state's upcoming and existing power projects ensuring extra 2,600 MW electricity by next April.

'The state will have up to 6,500 MW more in the next two years,' proclaimed a beaming Deshmukh at the foundation laying function of the KSK Energy Ventures at Warora in Chandrapur district last Friday.

Reaching the site of the proposed 540 MW project (about 100 km from Nagpur) straight from Delhi along with Union Energy Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Deshmukh unfolded a virtual calendar of power generation in the state beginning next month.

For the chief minister of the state that suffered a humiliating downslide from its 'unassailable' No.1 position in the country owing to its failure to produce a single megawatt as extra power in the last eight years, that was a moment of glory.

Shinde added to the cheer by announcing that the state would get an additional 800 MW from the upcoming Mundra mega power project in Gujarat and that the Centre has cleared its proposed 1,000-MW NTPC plant in Mouda.

When all this happens, hopefully in five years from now, Vidarbha, the designated powerhouse of Maharashtra, will become a major region for electricity generation.