Nasik RattanIndia Thermal Power Project

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Nasik RattanIndia Thermal Power Project is a 1,350-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Maharashtra, India.

Plans for a phase II of 1,350 MW appear to be abandoned.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station, located about 6 km east of Sinnar in Nasik district.

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Background

The power station is being developed in two phases by Indiabulls Power (later known as RattanIndia Nasik Power) in Sinnar, Nasik district. Phase I would be 1350 MW (5 x 270 MW) and Phase II: 1350 MW (5 x 270 MW).

In 2011 the company stated that "coal linkage has been granted and letters of assurance from South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL), Western Coalfields Ltd. (WCL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL) have been issued."[1] The company also stated that the project had achieved financial closure and that "construction is in full swing."[2]

According to the September 2013 report of the Central Electricity Authority, construction had slipped significantly, with estimated completion of Phase I expected expected during 2014 and 2015. As for Phase II, the report no longer lists the project as under construction.[3][4]

In November 2014 it was reported that the full phase I of the Nashik plant was ready for commissioning but had not done so due to want of coal. Phase II was on hold.[5][6]

According to the February 2015 report of the Central Electricity Authority, Unit 1 was commissioned in 2014.[7] Unit 2 is planned for June 2016. Units 3-5 are planned for 2017. Phase II is "on hold" since May 2012.[8]

According to a progress report in March 2015 by RattanIndia, a long term PPA for 650 MW of the power station was signed with MSEDCL in 2012, and another PPA for 300 MW had been finalized with BEST, Mumbai, and was expected to be signed shortly. On rail, the report says "The coal for Nashik TPP is to be transported from the coal mines through Railway rakes up to Odha Railway Station near Nashik on Mumbai-Howrah section and thereafter to the Project site by 29 km long dedicated Railway Siding. The land for Railway Siding is being acquired by MIDC. Order for land acquisition has been done. Land acquisition is in progress. 240 Acres (55%) land has been acquired so far."[9]

In May 2015 RattanIndia asked for an extension of its environmental clearance (EC) for phase I, saying the project had been held up due to problems around securing land for rail, water, and transmission, and difficulties securing a PPA.[10] A new EC was granted in February 2016.[11]

According to the July 2016 broad status report, synchronization of unit 2 was achieved in March 2016, and full operation was expected by June.[12]

Unit 2 was commissioned in February 2017, Unit 3 was commissioned in April 2017, and Units 4-5 were commissioned in May 2017.[13][14]

Phase II

With work on Phase II on hold since May 2012, it appears it will not proceed.[12]

Project Details

Sponsor: RattanIndia Nasik Power (formerly Indiabulls Power)
Location: Sinnar village, Nasik district, Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19.8666594, 74.0817493 (exact)
Status:

  • Phase I, Units 1-5: Operating
  • Phase II, Units 1-5: Cancelled

Nameplate capacity:

  • Phase I: 1350 MW (5 x 270 MW)
  • Phase II: 1350 MW (5 x 270 MW)

Type:
Start date: 2014 (Unit 1), 2017 (Units 2-5)
Coal Type:
Coal Source: South Eastern Coalfields Limited (1.83 MTPA), Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (1.83 MTPA) and Western Coalfields Limited (1.56 MTPA)
Source of financing:
Permits and applications:

Resources

References

  1. Indiabulls Power, "Nasik Thermal Power Project", Indiabulls Power website, accessed November 2011.
  2. "Robust results for Indiabulls Power in FY 2011-12," Indiabulls press release, April 28, 2012
  3. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, February 2014
  4. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, June 2014
  5. "Rattan India Power to bid for coal blocks to revive units," Economic Times, Nov 9, 2014
  6. "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
  7. Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, February 2015
  8. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  9. Progress report up to March 2015, RattanIndia, March 2015
  10. Extension of EC, RattanIndia, May 11, 2015
  11. Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 10, 2016
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, July 2016
  13. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, April 2017
  14. "Broad Status Report," India Central Electrical Authority, May 2017

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