Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rs 30000 Crs to upgrade 115 power plants

Spark's Power Play: Rs 30000 Crs to upgrade 115 power plants ! ! !
By Spark
Renewable Energy Links - India. Renewables Sites, Rajasthan EDA, Gujarat
EDA, Maharashtra EDA, Indian Wind Power, Wind Power India, INWEA,
Renewables Ministry ... The government has set aside upwards of Rs 30000
crore for the upgrade and maintenance of almost 115 hydro and thermal
power generating units, including some thermal stations commissioned as
early as 1968. About 20 of those thermal units were built before 1980
and had been slated for retirement before local and ...

Spark's Power Play

Videocon plans Rs.30000 crore 6000 MW power foray

Videocon plans Rs.30000 crore 6000 MW power foray
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The Videocon group has an ambitious plan to set up four thermal power
generating ... at Asansol in West Bengal and a third one at a location
in Maharashtra. ...

Videocon plans Rs.30000 crore 6000 MW power foray
With its Rs.5000-crore 1200 MW thermal power generating facility coming
up at ... at Asansol in West Bengal and a third one at a location in
Maharashtra. ...

State to seek additional supply from center

State to seek additional supply from center
Sakaal Times
The approximate power deficit for Maharashtra currently is of 6000 MW.
"The delegation will ask for 1000 MW power from National Thermal Power
Corporation ...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Maharashtra teeters on the brink of power supply collapse -

Water shortage is causing major power plants to shut down. Should we import water too for our upcoming megathermal power plants ??
Maharashtra teeters on the brink of power supply collapse -
Maharashtra teeters on the brink of power supply collapse

DNA, Friday, April 16, 2010 0:50 IST
Maharashtra’s power generation slid further on Thursday because of low availability of water for the thermal, gas, and hydel power plants in the state, creating a bigger gap between demand and supply.
Power generation by Mahagenco, the state-owned power generation company formed by breaking up the earlier Maharashtra State Electricity Board, continued to fall from its installed capacity of 9,996mw as all thermal power plants suffered from the shortage of water. The situation is grave, a source in the know said.

The state is drawing power from the central grid to bridge the gap, but the problem is set to grow over the next fortnight to an unprecedented level, the source warned.

Together from Mahagenco, private projects, and the national grid, the state was drawing 10,501mw of power while demand had shot up to 14,681 — a gap of 4,180mw.

The biggest deficit is from the Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) where three of the six units have been shut over the past fortnight.

With a total installed capacity of 2,340mw, the plant on Thursday generated just 1,068mw of power, staggered by receding water levels in the Irai dam from where it receives water.

The dam is left with about 7% of water supply, according to the irrigation department. With water scarcity looming in Chandrapur town and neighbouring areas, the district administration has sought to reserve the remaining water for human consumption.

Top officials at the CSTPS said the energy department and Mahagenco officials would review the situation early next week and draw up a plan to mitigate the power shortage, particularly if all units of the Chandrapur plant have to be shut down

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched (19 Apr 2010 00:00)

Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched (19 Apr 2010 00:00- The Hindu)

Campaign against thermal power plants to be launched

Special Correspondent

A fact-finding panel to be constituted

Oppose Coal Power Group holds two-day meeting in Bangalore

Fact-finding panel to explain faults in the integrated energy policy

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Oppose Coal Power Group, an organisation extending support to the people fighting against establishment of thermal power plants that cause damage to environment and bring in other problems, would launch a nation-wide awareness campaign.

This was decided during the two-day meeting of the organisation at Bangalore a few days ago. The group decided to constitute a national-level fact-finding committee and support the anti-thermal power plant struggles every where. It would explain to the people the huge loss of land to the people, huge displacement, severe damage to environment, threat to food security and other dangers due to thermal power plants. It would also explain the faults in the integrated energy policy. It was found that many thermal power plants were coming up all over the country but most of them are in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Chattisgarh.

At the Bangalore meeting, B.M. Mohan (Sivaji) of the Paryavarana Parirakshana Samiti of Sompeta, an organisation leading the agitation against establishment of a super thermal power plant, explained about the impending danger due to that plant and also the 73 power plants proposed along the Andhra coast.

A former engineer of Karnataka State Electricity Board Shankar Sharma explained the impact of excess production of power. Maitreyi Dasgupta and Preethi Sarman of the Green Peace organisation organised the two-day programme.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

People for Social Cause Blog: Vidarbha: Dirty technology in the guise of development?

People for Social Cause Blog: Vidarbha: Dirty technology in the guise of development?

The government of Maharashtra plans to allow 43 new private and public thermal power plants in Vidarbha, a region that’s suffered years of neglect and is home to thousands of distressed, suicidal farmers. Is the government justified in sacrificing Vidarbha to the power needs of the rest of the state/country?.....................................

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tiana Group, Mr. Mohammedi, Business Wire India, Press Releases

Tiana Group, Mr. Mohammedi, Business Wire India, Press Releases: ","
................Mr. Mohammedi A Fatehi said Tiana Power Projects Pvt. Ltd. would also be setting up a Thermal Power Plant at Anjarle in Ratnagiri district with an estimated investment of Rs. 6,000 Crores generating 1,500 MW of power. The thermal plant would be spread over 2,500 acres and would be completed within three years, depending on the timely clearances from the government. He said the thermal plant would be utilizing coal as its raw material and might be brought in from Indonesia as its ash percentage is about 13 percent as compared to the 37 to 39 percent from Indian coal.

The third power plant preferably with gas as its raw material would be set up at Dabhol. Investment would be approximately Rs. 9,000 Crores for 2,000 MW. With the three plants in operation, a total of 4,000 MW approximately would be the power generation which would be handed over to the MSEB..........................

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Coal mining

A third of coal belts will be off mining limits
Thermal projects may hit roadblock
Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, April 2, DH News Service :

The country's ambitious thermal power generation targets over the next few years to meet the acute shortages as well as the rapidly growing demand may hit an environmental roadblock.

Jairam RameshThe reason: the coal deposits may be there in abundance but it may not be possible to mine the fuel. Almost one-third of the country's top grade coal reserve would not be available for mining as these areas are now considered to be ecologically too fragile to allow mining.

New coal mines can come up in the remaining areas but even here automatic approval may not be possible any longer.  Before getting the required nod for mining, the mine-owners have to come up a good remediation plan for the surroundings which would be damaged by the mining activities.

Further, if the mining involves displacement of forest-dwellers, rules under the forest rights act would have to be satisfied before getting the environment and forest clearances. The environment clearance will come from the Centre whereas the forest clearance would be given by the state concerned.

Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh, who surveyed nine major coalfields recently,  informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week that 35 per cent areas would be "no-go" areas for mining. In these areas mining must not be allowed under any circumstances, he told the Prime Minister. Mining activity can go on only in the remaining 65 per cent areas.

The nine coal fields are: North Karanpura, IB Valley, Singaurali, Talcher, West Bokaro, Wardha, Mandraigarh, Hasdeo and Shoagpur. They are located in six states – Chhattishagrh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The Cabinet has been informed that henceforth coal mining projects would get the approval based on the ultimate production capacity thereby obviating the need for repeated clearances when expansion takes place.

Ramesh has claimed that  Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal was on board with the new plan and officials from environment ministry would be a part of the approval process when Coal India allocates new blocks for mining. India's coal demand is set to rise as the country will be adding 50,758 MW capacity during the 11th plan, out of which 15,208 MW has already been installed. The new projects include the five ultra-mega power plants as well. The 12th plan targets are equally ambitious as the Union power ministry has worked out a scheme to add another 78,700 MW out of which more than 50,000 MW would be thermal.

Ramesh has, however, felt that blocking 35 per cent of coal-bearing areas would not be a limiting factor if the required forest clearance for new mines came quickly from states. This, however, remains a bottleneck. Jharkhand, for instance, is notorious in delaying forest clearance.