Tamnar power project is a project of Jindal Power, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel & Power, estimated in 2009 that the cost of the project would be RS134,100.38 million ($US2,980 billion at 2011 rates). The company proposes that the power station comprise four subcritical 600MW generating units.
The company stated in 2009 that “we plan to finance the Tamnar II Project in two phases of 1,200 MW each. We have entered into two MoUs with the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC) for the development of this power project.”
Tamnar II Unit 1 (also known as Unit 5) was commissioned on 10 March 2014. Tamnar II Unit 2 (also known as Unit 6) was commissioned on 30 March 2014.
In March 2014, it was reported that Unit 7 was ready for synchronization and Unit 8 would be ready for commissioning by October 2014.Unit 7 was commissioned in January 2015, and unit 8 in April 2015. The final unit was commissioned despite that 1,000 Mw of generation capacity from two earlier units are not functional due to unavailability of coal.
Protests against expansion plans
On May 28, 2011, two indigenous rights activists, Ramesh Agrawal and Dr Harihar Patel, were arrested in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh and denied release on bail.
The state police charged the two men with “circulating defamatory material”, “disrupting public order” and “causing alarm and panic among the public” at a May 8, 2010 mandatory public consultation, held by the state pollution board at Tamnar village, relating to the Tamnar II Project proposed by Jindal Steel and Power.
Ramesh Agrawal works for the environmental rights organization Jan Chetna, and Dr Harihar Patel practices indigenous medicine. They had been actively campaigning against the pollution caused by existing industrial projects, including coal plants, and the potential negative environmental impact of proposed industrial projects in central Chhattisgarh. The two activists have been at the forefront of the campaign for the public disclosure of information relating to projects which affect local Adivasi (Indigenous) communities and for ensuring that these are available to the communities. Their arrest, Amnesty International believes, is intended to stop their peaceful campaign activities.
Project Details for 2400 MW expansion
Sponsor: Jindal Power
Location: Tamnar village, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 22.0987473, 83.4513116 (exact)
Nameplate capacity: 2,400 MW (Units 5-8: 600 MW)
MoEF permits: Environmental clearance, (Mar 18, 2011)
In its December 2009 prospectus the company stated that “our Tamnar II Project under implementation in Chhattisgarh does not have a secure source of fuel. We have applied to the Ministry of Coal for a long-term coal linkage to meet the fuel requirements for this power plant and our application is pending.” It also stated that it had applied to the Ministry of Coal “for a long-term coal linkage” in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
Jindal Power’s 2011 environmental clearance permit from the Indian government applies to the proposed units 5 and 6, and states that clearance may be granted to units 7 and 8 once a coal linkage is secured.
In its 2009 prospectus the company stated that it intended “to source the requirements of water for the project from the Mahanadi river. The water arrangement involves the construction of a weir, a raw water reservoir and pump house as well as installation of raw water pipelines up to the plant.”
- “Current Tenders,” Jindal Power, accessed November 2012
- Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, September 2013
- Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, June 2014
- “Jindal Power commissions second 600 MW unit at Tamnal plant,” RTTNews, March 31, 2014
- “BHEL commissions another 600 MW thermal unit in Chhattisgarh,” Net Indian, Jan 9, 2015
- “Indian environmental activists held” Amnesty International, June 2, 2011.
- Jindal Power Limited, “Draft Red Herring Prospectus”, Jindal Power, December 2009, page 19.
- Jindal Power Limited, “Draft Red Herring Prospectus”, Jindal Power, December 2009, page 52.
- Environmental clearance, India MoEF, Mar 18, 2011.
Jindal Power commissions 600 mw despite coal block uncertainity, Business standard, April 24, 2015