Talwandi Sabo Power Project

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm|Navbar-Indiacoal}}Talwandi Sabo Power Project is a 1980-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Punjab, India.


The photo below shows the project site, south of Banawala village and 18 km west of Mansa in Mansa district.

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The proposed power station is being promoted by Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, a special project company created by the State of Punjab for the project but which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the private firm Vendanta Limited.[1]

The original proposal was for a 4 x 500MW power station, which was granted environmental clearance (EC) in 2008.[2] An EC extension was granted in 2013, at which time the power station was to be 3 units of 660MW each.[3] A proposal for a fourth additional 660 MW at the same site had been cancelled.[4]

Unit 1 was inaugurated in December 2013 but did not become fully operational until June 2014. Units 2 and 3 were planned to become operational in 2014-5, once a coal linkage is also secured for these units.[5] Commissioning of the second unit was tried in January 2015, but the attempt failed due to a fire incident. Units 2 and 3 are now planned for operation in May and July 2015, respectively, although the company said it may be later.[6][7] Unit 2 was commissioned on 30 October 2015.[8]

On its website, updated August 8, 2015, Vedanta Limited states that unit 2 is under trial run and unit 3 is planned for synchronization in FY 2015-16.[9]

Unit 2 was commissioned in October 2015 and unit 3 in March 2016.[10]

SEPCO involvement

Engineering and construction for the project is being conducted by the Chinese company Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO), based in east China's Shandong Province. SEPCO has already worked on projects for Sterlite in Orissa and elsewhere.[11]

MoEF Compliance report

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry approved the project on March 25, 2010. The clearance number is J-13011/24/2008-IA.II. The company posted the 6-month compliance report for the project for the period April 2011 to September 2011 on its website.[12]

Project Details

Sponsor: Talwandi Sabo Power Limited
Parent company: Vedanta Limited
Location: Banawala village, Mansa district, Punjab
Coordinates: 29.9245796, 75.2389294 (exact)

  • Unit 1: Operating 2014[8]
  • Units 2: Operating October 2015[8]
  • Unit 3: Operating March 2016[13]
  • Unit 4: Cancelled

Capacity: Unit 1: 660 MW; Unit 2: 660 MW; Unit 3: 660 MW; Unit 4: 660 MW
Type: Supercritical[1]
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Permits and applications Units 1-4: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, July 11, 2008; Environmental Clearance Extension, India MoEF, September 30, 2013

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Overview", Talwandi Sabo Power Limited website, accessed March 2012.
  2. Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, July 11, 2008.
  3. Environmental Clearance Extension, India MoEF, September 30, 2013.
  4. Shubhashish and Katya B Naidu, "Sterlite shelves expansion of Talwandi Sabo project," Business Standard, November 7, 2012
  5. "First unit of Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd. plant starts production," News on projects, June 21, 2014.
  6. VK Gupta, "Huge slippage in commissioning of Talwandi Sabo's units," Merinews, Apr 13, 2015
  7. "Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in Punjab," India CEA, Feb 2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, June 2014 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "broad" defined multiple times with different content
  9. "Power," Vedanta Limited website, accessed August 2015
  10. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  11. "Chinese company to build 1980 MW Talwandi Sabo thermal plant," Punjab Newsline, accessed March 2012
  12. "Talwandi Sabo Power Limited Six Month Compliance Report," April 2011 to September 2011
  13. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016

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