Balagarh power project

The Balagarh power project is a proposed 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power project backed by CESC, a flagship company of RP-SG group at Hooghly district in  West Bengal, India.

CESC Ltd. an Indian electricity generation and the sole distribution company serving 567 square kilometres (219 sq mi) of area in the city of Kolkata.

The power station was first proposed in 1992, when CESC Ltd. bought 800 acres from the state government to start a thermal power plant at Balagarh.

In 2010 CPM demanded that CESC start work immediately for the Balagarh project or would lose the land, as no progress had been made. Shortly after, the board meeting of CESC’s directors a resolution is passed to revive the project and the company sent an application to Coal India for coal linkage for the proposed 1320-MW plant. The company said the power station would be built in two phases at a cost of Rs 3,200 crore, and would be operationalised by 2013-2014. But nothing substantial happened at the site.

In 2012, the company announced that it would revive the Balagarh project. CESC Vice-Chairman Sanjiv Goenka said that the state had promised coal linkage and the three units of 660 MW each would be built at the cost of  Rs 10,500 crore.

Though in mid Feburary 2015 CESC managed to retain it’s sole producing coal mine Sarisatoli which feed the other power plant located near kolkata city. In April 2015, again RP-SG  group Chairman Sanjiv Goenka announed that they would revive the 1320 MW Balagarh power project. It seems that additional 660 MW unit is shelved at this moments.

Project Details

Sponsor: CESC
Parent: RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
Location: Char Bhabanipur village, Balagarh, Hooghly district, West Bengal
Coordinates: 23.126218, 88.456134 (approx)
Status: Units 1 and 2: Pre-permit development; Unit 3: Shelved
Capacity: 1320 MW (Units 2X 660MW)
Type: Supercritical
Coal Source: No information about coal linkage
Environmental Clearance: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, September 8, 2010

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