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BALCO Korba power Plant

BALCO Korba power Plant is a captive power station that will provided electricity to a new 325,000 tonne per annum aluminum smelter within the existing Korba Aluminium Complex.

Prior to 2012, the Central Electricity Authority reported regularly in its “Broad Status Reports” that four units of 300 MW each were under construction. BALCO continues to report that four units are under construction, but the company does not provide details other than a photograph showing three partially completed units. Currently, the Central Electricity Authority reports that Units 1 and 2 are projected to be commissioned in 2013-2014. The CEA no longer provides information on Units 3 and 4. It is not clear whether the absence of further information on Units 3 and 4 is related to the 2009 construction accident that claimed at least 45 lives.

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In December 2012 the license for the factory was terminated, and government officials said Balco had to get the required permits again. The company received approval for a 1200 MW plant in January 2015.

 Project Details

Sponsor: Bharat Aluminum Company
Location: Korba city, Korba district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 22.3989968, 82.740012
Status: Construction
Capacity: 1200 MW (Units 1-4: 300 MW)


  1. Bharat Aluminum Company, “Projects”, Bharat Aluminum Company website, accessed February 2012.
  2.  Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, September 2012
  3.  Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country,” Central Electricity Authority, August 2011, 
  4. “Balco’s Korba power plant hits hurdle,” Business Standard, December 21, 2012
  5. “BALCO gets nod for 1,200 MW power plant in Chhattisgarh,” The Economic Times, Jan 16, 2015
  6.  25 die in accident at BALCO’s new plant at Korba. Business Standard (2009-09-24). Retrieved on 2009-09-24.

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