The proposed power station is being promoted by Talwandi Sabo Power Limited, a special project company created by the State of Punjab for the project but which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sterlite Energy. The original proposal was for a 4 x 500MW power station, which was granted environmental clearance (EC) in 2008. An EC extension was granted in 2013, at which time the power station was to be 3 units of 660MW each. A proposal for a fourth additional 660 MW at the same site had been cancelled.
Unit 1 was inaugurated in December 2013 but did not become fully operational until June 2014. Units 2 and 3 were planned to become operational in 2014-5, once a coal linkage is also secured for these units. Commissioning of the second unit was tried in January 2015, but the attempt failed due to a fire incident. Units 2 and 3 are now planned for operation in May and July 2015, respectively.
Sponsor: Talwandi Sabo Power Limited
Location: Banawala village, Mansa district, Punjab
Coordinates: 29.9245796, 75.2389294
Status: Unit 1: operating 2014, Units 2-3: construction, Unit 4: cancelled
Capacity: Unit 1: 660 MW; Unit 2: 660 MW; Unit 3: 660 MW; Unit 4: 660 MW
Permits and applications Units 1-4: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, July 11, 2008; Environmental Clearance Extension, India MoEF, September 30, 2013.
- Sterlite shelves expansion of Talwandi Sabo project, Business Standard, November 7, 2012
- Chinese company to build 1980 MW Talwandi Sabo thermal plant,” Punjab Newsline
- Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, June 2014
- First unit of Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd. plant starts production,” News on projects, June 21, 2014.
- Huge slippage in commissioning of Talwandi Sabo’s units, Merinews, Apr 13, 2015
- Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in Punjab, India CEA, Feb 2015