Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Project is proposed at Hazaribagh ( now Koderma) district in Jharkhand, India. Reliance Power wanted to commission the first unit of the Tilaiya UMPP by May 2015, but has not been able to achieve financial closure for the 24,000-crore project due to non-availability of land. The project received stage II environment clearance for the plant site in 2011, but has yet to receive it for the two coal blocks allocated to it. In late April 2015 Reliance Power announced that it had withdrawn from the project due to its inability to get the required land.
The Coal Ministry said that the company would utilize 16 million tons per annum of coal exclusively for the Tilaiya UMPP and the balance 24 million tons would be used or disposed off as per the conditions stipulated in the allocation letter. The mines are located around 30 kilometer from the existing line of Indian Railways, and could supply coal to other group companies.
In 2012 the India ministry of power clarified that Reliance Power’s Tilaiya project enjoys the exemption from a key provision of the Forest Act stating that the project’s status is on a par with ‘central government undertakings,’ clearing the way for the project to acquire land. The exemption relieves Reliance from the responsibility of providing non-forest land to compensate for the loss of forest land to be acquired for the project. The project would take up 1,570 acres for the main power plant and another 4,000 acres for the coal block. The clearance was withheld by the previous minister who argued that the Tilaiya project, being a project of Reliance Power, should not be treated as a Central Government undertaking.
Sponsor: Reliance Power, the initial proponent, abandoned the project in late April 2015.
Location: Tilaiya village, Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand
Coordinates: 24.316667, 85.6 (approx)
Capacity: 4,000 MW
Projected in service: Unknown as project withdrawn.
Coal Source: Kerandari B and C coal blocks in Orissa
- Environmental clearance, (April 7, 2008); Environmental clearance extension (Oct 4, 2013)
- Reliance Power, “Reliance Power Terminates Tilaiya UMPP”, April 28, 2015.
- “Coal Ministry Okays Mining Plan Of RPower’s Jharkhand Project” RTT News, Nov. 15, 2010.
- “No clearance for captive coal blocks for UMPPs in ‘inviolate’ forest areas: MoEF,” Economic Times, Jan 1, 2014
- “Reliance Power aims to earn Rs 5,000 cr in carbon credits from 3 ultra mega power projects” The Economic Times, July 12, 2011.
- Piyush Goyal provides updates on status of UMPPs, The Financial Express, May 1, 2015.
- Reliance pulls out of Tilaiya mega project, The Hindu, April 28, 2015.