Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Green panel refuses nod to Tata Power expansion in DhanbadPTI, May 5, 2010, 07.45pm IST
The Tata Power Company had proposed expansion by addition of two units of 660 MW coal-based thermal power plant from existing two units of 525 MW at Maithon in Dhanbad District which has been identified as the most polluted city in Jharkhand as per a government survey.
The expansion proposal had come up before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for determination of terms of reference (ToR) for undertaking environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study as per provisions of EIA notification 2006.
However, the EAC dropped the project after noting that the area is located in critically polluted areas identified by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and for which the Environment Ministry has issued a circular on moratorium of projects until August.
The CPCB in collaboration with IIT Delhi had surveyed the pollution levels of 88 industrial clusters across the country of which 43 were found to be "critically polluted."
The polluted areas or industrial clusters were given a moratorium till August so that CPCB in consultation with the respective State Pollution Control Boards and the industrial bodies can draw a time-bound action plan for reducing the pollution level in these areas.
Till then no environment clearance will be given to any project proposal in these areas.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
In order to bridge the gap between demand and indigenous coal availability, Government has proposed to run some of the thermal power plants in the country by blending imported coal with indigenous coal subject to technical limitations of the boiler design. In addition to this, some power plants have also beenproposed/identified to operate on imported coal.
In addition to Trombay Thermal Power Station (1250 MW) of Tata Power, which has been conceived to operate on imported coal, the Thermal Power Stations (TPS) identified in Maharashtra for blending imported coal are as under:
1. Koradi TPS (Mahagenco) 1040 MW
2. Nasik TPS (Mahagenco) 880 MW
3. Bhusawal TPS (Mahagenco) 475 MW
4. Parli TPS (Mahagenco) 1170 MW
5. Khaperkheda TPS(Mahagenco) 840 MW
6. Dahanu TPS (Reliance Energy Ltd). 500 MW
Apart from this, JSW Energy is setting up a Thermal Power Station with a capacity of 4x300 MW inRatanagiri District of Maharashtra based on imported coal for commissioning during the 11th Plan.
This information was given by Shri Bharatsinh Solanki, Minister of State for Power in a written reply inRajya Sabha today.