The Buxar Bijlee Company has been formed by Bihar Power Infrastructure Company Ltd, a company formed as a joint venture between the government-owned Bihar State Electricity Board and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited IL&FS to process private sector bids to build the power station. In 2013, Buxar Bijlee Company was acquired by SJVN Limited.
The Buxar Thermal Power Station is one of three major power projects being promoted by the government of Bihar to supply more power for the state’s electrical grid. BSEB states that the project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2015-16.
On its website the BSEB states that the project will require 6.25 million tonnes of coal a year, with a source yet to be allocated. BSEB also states that in September 2010 consent was given for the supply of 55 Cusec from the Ganga River.
A 2011 Asian Development Bank review of Bihar power projects states of the Buxar Thermal Power Station only that the project has had “Survey –Completed”.
In 2013 the India Ministry of Coal allocated Deocha Pachami coal block in West Bengal to SJVN for the power station. SJVN is also exploring imported coal.
In January 2015 SJVN signed a JV agreement with six state power generating companies belonging to West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for formation of a JV company for mining coal from Deocha Pachami-Dewanganj Horisingha Coal Block located in Birbhum district of West Bengal State. The coal mined from the block would feed to the 1320 MW supercritical thermal power project of SJVN Thermal at Buxar, Bihar.
Sponsor: Buxar Bijlee Company (acquired by SJVN Limited in 2013)
Location: Chausa village, Buxar district, Bihar
Coordinates: 25.511439, 83.893017 (approximate)
Status: Pre-permit development
- Unit 1: 660 MW
- Unit 2: 660 MW
Projected in service: 2015-16
Coal Source: Deocha Pachami coal block
- Bihar State Electricity Board, “New Projects”, Bihar State Electricity Board website, accessed November 2011.
- “TACR: India: Developing the Power System Master Plan for Bihar”, Asian Development Bank, March 2011, page 284. (Pdf)
- “Buxar Thermal Power Project (1320 MW),” SJVN Limited, Apr 18, 2013.