Published On:April 22 2024
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THDC India to Launch ₹12,000 Crore Coal-Based Thermal Power Project by September

THDC India to Launch ₹12,000 Crore Coal-Based Thermal Power Project by September

State-owned THDC India Ltd plans to have its coal-based thermal power plant operational by September 2024, marking its entry into the domestic thermal energy sector, according to a senior company official.

THDC India Ltd (THDCIL) is constructing a 1,320 megawatt (2X660 MW) super thermal power project (STPP) in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. This initiative marks the company's diversification from its traditional hydroelectric focus into coal-based energy production.

The Uttarakhand-based entity currently has an installed power generation capacity of around 1,587 MW, with the majority (1,424 MW) generated through hydroelectric sources, alongside 113 MW of wind power and 50 MW of solar power.

Addressing the project's timeline, the company official noted that the first unit, with a capacity of 660 MW, is expected to be operational by September 2024, while the second unit is scheduled for commissioning by March 2025. The estimated cost for the entire project is around ₹12,000 crore. As of January 2024, a total of ₹9,428.30 crore had been spent on the project, with approximately 85 per cent of the work completed.

THDCIL is also incorporating environmentally conscious technologies into the Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant (KSTPP), including a carbon capture technique to mitigate CO2 emissions.

The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 9, 2019, with the plant sprawling over an area of 1,200.843 acres. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to generate 9,264 million units (MUs) of power annually, corresponding to an 85 per cent plant load factor (PLF).

According to the Ministry's allocation of power, 64.7 per cent of the generated power (854 MW) will be supplied to Uttar Pradesh, with the balance distributed to other beneficiaries. The plant recently achieved a significant milestone with the engine rolling on a railway siding from Danwar station to the plant yard, enabling coal delivery from the Amelia coal mines to Khurja STPP through Danwar station.

The company has also reported that several key project milestones have been achieved, such as the boiler light-up of Unit 1 and the auxiliary boiler light-up, indicating that the construction is proceeding according to schedule.

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