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Udangudi power project

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Udangudi power project is a proposed 1600 MW coal based thermal power station promoted by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) at Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu, India.

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The project is sponsored by Udangudi Power Corporation a joint venture company of  Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. ( BHEL).  Later On this venture has been scarped and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) took the charge to develop the project.

In 2012 chief minister J Jayalalithaa cancelled the deal with BHEL. The government said Tamil Nadu Electricity Board would implement the project on its own, and fresh tenders were floated in 2013. In March 2015 the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board scrapped the bids for the power station, now 1320 MW, saying the bids were defective. The board said it would float fresh tenders soon, but it may take more than a year to finalize a new contractor to execute the project.

The land requirement will be 939 acres. The project is based on 100% imported coal from Indonesia. Imported Coal will be transported from Captive Coal Jetty by closed conveyor belt system over a distance of about 9.0 km. Bay of Bengal is at 1.2 Km in the East. Gulf of Mannar is at about 45 Kms in the north east. The specification of imported coal to be used will be: Ash content not exceeding 8%; sulphur content not exceeding 0.6%; and GCV of 6000 Kcal/Kg. MoU has been entered into with M/s MMTC (A Govt. of India undertaking) for supply of 4.50 MTPA of imported coal

Project Details

Sponsor: Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation
Location: Udangudi village, Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 8.434722, 78.061111
Status: Permitted
Nameplate capacity: 1600 MW (Units 1-2: 800 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Coal Source: Imported Coal from Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, China
Permits and applications: Environmental Impact AssessmentEnvironmental clearance, 2013

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