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Odisha govt clears power projects of TATA, CESC, Mahanadi power and others

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The High Level Clearance Authority, headed by chief minister Naveen Patnaik, today cleared the proposal to set up a liquefied natural gas-based power plant, along with three coal-based power projects, in the state.

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“If these proposals materialise, they will go a long way in augmentation of power generation capacity of the state and help resolve the power shortage,” energy minister Pranab Prakash Das told.

Efforts had been made in the past to set up coal-to-liquid power plants. Jindal Synfuel, a subsidiary of the Jindal Steel and Power had a plan to set up a coal-to-liquid plant in the state for Rs 60,000 crore. However, it was scrapped after the Ramchandi promotional coal block was de-allocated by the Centre.

The efforts of the Tatas to set up a similar project in the state for Rs 45,000 crore met a similar fate with the Centre de-allocating the North of Arkhapal Srirampur block allocated to it. The block was allocated to Strategic Energy Technology Systems Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between a consortium of the Tata Group and Sasol of South Africa.

The authority today cleared three coal-based power projects, besides giving its nod to three expansions, which included those of captive power plants.

Mahanadi Basin Power Limited has proposed to set up 1,600MW coal-based thermal power plant at Basundhara in Sundargarh district for Rs 8,000 crore, Tata Power Limited will establish a coal-fired thermal power plant with an installed capacity of 1,320MW at Begunia in Khurda district for Rs 7,500 crore. Besides, a 1,320MW super-critical unit will be set up by CESE Limited at Neulapoi in Dhenkanal district for Rs 6,861 crore. Source

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