Ministry of Power of the Republic of India

02/08/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2024 03:29

19 Coal-Based Thermal Power Plants of total capacity 2.3 GW retired in last three years

Ministry of Power

19 Coal-Based Thermal Power Plants of total capacity 2.3 GW retired in last three years


CEA has issued advisory to thermal power utilities to not retire or repurpose coal-based power stations of more than 200 MW capacity before 2030 and to ensure availability of power: Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister

Posted On: 08 FEB 2024 2:46PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy has informed about the rules and regulations regarding decommissioning of thermal power plants.

For safe management, handling and disposal of hazardous substances and dismantling of scrapped thermal power plants and disposal, Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) are required to follow various rules and regulations, guidelines such as:

  1. Adherence with the environmental norms as applicable under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1976 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
  1. Adherence with the Hazardous Waste Management Rules, 2016, Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016and E-waste Management Rules, 2022
  1. Adherence to Factory Act-1948

Generation is a de-licensed activity as per Section 7 of the Electricity Act, 2003. Decision to decommission a coal based thermal unit and rehabilitating the labourers and casual workers who may lose their jobs after decommissioning of a coal-based power plant is taken by power generating companies based on their own techno-economic & commercial considerations and environmental reasons. In general, the labourers and casual workers who may lose their work after a coal-based unit is decommissioned, gets reemployed in other available assignments of the utility on a case-to-case basis.

19 coal-based units of 2344 MW capacity have been retired in the last three years i.e. from 01.01.2021 to 31.01.2024. The State-wise list of retired coal-based units is given below.

List of coal based Thermal Units Retired in the last three years

(from 01.01.2021 to 31.01.2024)

Sl. No.

Name of Station/Plant

State

Fuel

Unit

No.

No of Units

Installed Capacity (MW)

Retired (MW)

Retired on

1

BOKARO `B` TPS

Jharkhand

Coal

3

1

210 (1*210)

210

01.04.2021

2

Korba-III

Chhattisgarh

Coal

1,2

2

240 (2*120)

240

01.01.2021

3

TALCHER (OLD) TPS

Odisha

Coal

1,2,3,4,5,6

6

460 (4*60+

2*110)

460

01.04.2021

4

Koradi TPS

Maharashtra

Coal

7

1

210

(1*210)

210

02.09.2021

5

MUZAFFARPUR TPS

Bihar

Coal

1,2

2

220

(2*110)

220

31.01.2022

6

Bandel TPS

West Bengal

Coal

1

1

60(1*60)

60

28.03.2022

7

Kolaghat TPS

West Bengal

Coal

1,2

2

420

(2*210)

420

28.03.2022

8

OBRA TPS

Uttar Pradesh

Coal

7

1

94

(1*94)

94

13.10.2022

9

DURGAPUR TPS

West Bengal

Coal

4

1

210 (1*210)

210

19.12.2022

10

PARICHHA TPS

Uttar Pradesh

Coal

1,2

2

220

(2*110)

220

11.10.2023

Total

19

2344

The Central Electricity Authority has issued an advisory to all the Thermal Power Utilities not to retire or repurpose their coal-based power stations (units having capacity of more than 200 MW) before 2030 and to ensure the availability of thermal units after carrying out Renovation and Modernization (R&M) activities, if required, considering the expected energy demand scenario and availability of capacity in future.

This information has been given by the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri R. K. Singh, in a written reply to a question, in Lok Sabha today, February 8, 2024.

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