Barauni Thermal Power Plant, Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) has proposed a 500 megawatt (MW) coal-fired expansion to the plant, comprising two 250MW units referred to as Barauni 8 & 9. It is proposed that the new units at the existing power station be commissioned by June 2014, with the second 250MW unit commissioned four months later. BSPHCL states that it seeking to source an additional 2.65 million tonnes a year from a Ministry of Coal allocation over either the Rajmahal coal field or Urma Pahari Tola. BSPHCL states on its website that a “firm coal linkage still awaited.”
The utility also states that 60 cusecs of water have been approved for the existing plant and the expansion by the Government of Bihar. However, the Central Water Commission (CWC) have only approved 45 Cusecs from the Ganga river.
In 2014 it was reported that during India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, an agreement was reached between the two countries to launch a feasibility study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the setting up of a 250 MW Supercritical thermal power plant (STPP) in Barauni. It was reported that the land, water, and coal (1.5 million tonnes per annum) requirements for the new plant were already met, and JICA had applied for environmental clearance in November 2013.
Environmental clearance for two 250 MW units was granted in May 2014. The new units are proposed for commissioning in 2016.
The state government may make the Barauni Thermal Power Station (BTPS) a joint venture plant of the NTPC and BSPHCL.
Project Details for 500 MW Expansion
Sponsor: Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL)
Location: Barauni village, Begusarai district, Bihar
Coordinates: 25.3913756, 86.0234883
Capacity: 500MW (Units 8 & 9: 250 MW)
Projected in service: 2016
Permits and application:
- Bihar State Electricity Board, “New Projects”, Bihar State Electricity Board, accessed November 2011.
- Japan agency to study scope for supercritical thermal power plant at Barauni,” TNN, Sep 3, 2014.
- “Environmental clearance,” India MoEF, May 8, 2014
- Barauni power plant may become a JV,” Times of India, Dec 23, 2014.
- July goal for energy fillip, The Telegraph, June 14, 2015