Barh Power Project is a proposed 1980 MW coal fired power plant set up by state power generation utility NTPC at Barh district in Bihar, India.
Although the foundation stone for Barh I was laid in 1999, the project was delayed due to issues of land availability and contractual disputes. It is on the same location as the Barh II power station, which was announced in 2006 and was partially completed as of Fall 2013.
It is proposed that the plant will use Supercritical technology with coal supplied from the Amrapali Block of North Karanpura coal fields and transported by rail. It is proposed that the power station would comprise three 660 MW units.
Unit 1 of Barh 1 was originally planned to be commissioned in March 2009 but the start date was subsequently delayed to January 2011.
In November 2010, The Times of India reported that the start date of both Barh I and Barh II power station would be further delayed until 2013-14. The delay was the result of a contractual dispute between NTPC and Russia’s Technoprom Exports (TPE), the suppliers of the boilers for the project.
In July 2013 a NTPC spokesperson said unit 1 of Barh 1 was in the advanced commissioning stages, and expected to come online in 2014.
In August 2014, an NTPC presentation listed the target date for Unit 1 as 2016 and Unit 2 and 3 as 2017.
Sponsor: National Thermal Power Corporation
Location: Barh village, Patna district, Bihar
Coordinates: 25.4693, 85.74516
Capacity: Unit 1: 660 MW, Unit 2: 660 MW, Unit 3: 660 MW
Projected in service: Unit 1: 2016, Unit 2: 2017, Unit 3: 2017
Coal Source: Amrapali Block of North Karanpura coal fields
Permits: Environmental clearance, India MoEF, Sep 11, 2001
- National Thermal Power Corporation, “Future Capacity Additions”, National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
- Barh power plant by 2013-14: NTPC CMD,” The Times of India, November 23, 2010
- Barh thermal power plant to start power generation by year end,” The Times of India, Jul 4, 2013.
- National Thermal Power Corporation, “Announcements 2007-08”, National Thermal Power Corporation website