Muzaffarpur power project is owned and operated by Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam, a joint venture of Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) and the National Thermal Power Corporation. Present equity holding is 64.57% by NTPC & 35.43% by BSEB.
First started in 1985, Kanti Power Plant has an installed capacity of 110×2 MW. The plant came into existence in 1985 with the efforts of then MP of Muzaffarpur, George Fernandes.
The plant had not been functional since 2003. Units 1 and 2 were planned for modernization to extend the plant’s life.
In March 2013, the renovation work of unit 1 was completed. It started commercial production on November 1, 2013 by supplying 94 MW, its first generation in 11 years.
Unit 2 re-entered operation in November 2014.
A 390 megawatt (MW) coal-fired expansion of the project is under construction. The project comprises two 2 x 195MW units. It is proposed that the new units at the existing power station be commissioned by 2014. As of August 2014, the scheduling for Units 3 and 4 had been extended to 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Project Details for 390 MW expansion
Sponsor: Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam
Location: Kanti village, Muzaffarpur district, Bihar
Coordinates: 26.1947708, 85.3033018
Nameplate capacity: Unit 3: 195 MW; Unit 4: 195 MW
Projected in service: Unit 3: 2015; Unit 4: 2016