Monthly Archives: September 2013

RFQs issued for Bedabahal and Cheyyur UMPPs

UMPPs to be developed under PPP mode on DBFOT basis

Request for Qualification (RFQ) for two ultra mega power projects (UMPP) proposed in Orissa and Tamil Nadu have been invited, as per the recently approved new standard bidding documents (SBDs). Both the UMPPs will be implemented through public, private, partnership (PPP) route on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The last date for submission of pre qualification bids for both the projects is 11 November 2013. Read more……http://www.cmie.com/kommon/bin/sr.php?kall=wclrdhtm&nvdt=20130926143347880&nvpc=099000000000&nvtype=TIDINGS

Heavy metals in (coal) fly ash a cause for concern

G. VENKATARAMANA RAO

Green activists are very much worried over traces of toxic substances

A view of the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station fly ash pond as seen from the ghat road to Kondapalli Fort.

A view of the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station fly ash pond as seen from the ghat road to Kondapalli Fort.

Along with spewing pollutants into the air is the fly ash being produced by the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) and stored in the ever-growing ash tanks causing surface and ground water pollution that will have devastating consequences for those living in villages located on their edges.

The public hearing mandatory before granting of Environmental Clearance to any new thermal project seems to have stirred the hornet’s nest with green activist, who came to make environmental impact appraisals prior to it, crying foul.

Toxic constituents in fly ash depend upon the specific coal used for power generation.

Traces or percentages of toxic substances like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, beryllium, boron, chromium, manganese, selenium, strontium, thallium and vanadium, along with dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds are found in fly ash. But it is the heavy metals – arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead – that are causing concern to green activists here. Nearly 45 per cent of the coal used gets converted into ash. This works out to thousands of tonnes of fly ash.

The fly ash is mixed with water and pumped into huge ash tanks. The heavy metals that get into the water get leeched into the ground water because the fly ash tanks of the NTTPS are not lined, or, they end up contaminating the surface water and get into the food chain. The water is used for drinking by the people and the cattle. Contaminated grass is again consumed by the cattle and humans consume the milk.

The heavy metals, particularly mercury, which are ingested faster then they are excreted, get accumulated in living tissue in small amounts acting like slow poison.

The detection of high levels of mercury in some medicinal herbs collected from the Krishna river-bed downstream the Prakasam Barrage gives credence to the fears of the environmentalist.

The bio-accumulation of mercury causes the ‘Minamata’ disease, named after the place in Japan where it first occurred due to the consumption of fish in which the concentrations of mercury were very high.

Production capacity

Environmental engineer Sagar Dhara, who came to make an appraisal of the environmental impact, said the production capacity of the thermal power station had been increased more then once. It was very important to make a thorough study into the impact of the increase in production on the surrounding environment and community, he stressed.

 

Odisha, Tamil Nadu mega power projects: Bidding to start from Sept 25

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 24:

Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC), the nodal agency for ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), would start inviting bids for 4,000 MW units each in Odisha and Tamil Nadu starting September 25.

“The requests for qualification (RFQs) for these UMPPs are being finalised and PFC will issue the RFQ for the Bhedabahal Project in Odisha on September 25 and for the Cheyyur Project in Tamil Nadu on September 26,” the Government-owned agency said in a statement.

This fresh round of bidding for UMPPs comes after a gap of more than five years. The bidding for the last UMPP in Jharkhand was held in 2007……Read more http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/bidding-to-start-from-sept-25/article5164316.ece

 

PFC to invite bids for Odisha, TN UMPPs

New Delhi: State-run Power Finance Corp said the initial bids for the ultra mega power projects in Odisha and Tamil Nadu will be invited this week. “The RFQs (Request for Qualifications) for these UMPPs are being finalised and will be issued on September 25 for the Bedabahal project in Odisha and on September 26 for Cheyyur project in Tamil Nadu,” PFC said in a statement. PFC is the nodal agency for UMPPs.

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, last month, cleared the proposal of tweaking the standard bidding documents for implementing the new Case-II thermal power plants including the 4,000 MW UMPPs……..Read more http://freepressjournal.in/pfc-to-invite-bids-for-odisha-tn-umpps/

Power firms say Odisha, Tamil Nadu UMPPs not ready for bidding

NEW DELHI: Private power companies have said the two proposed ultra mega power projects in Odisha and Tamil Nadu, likely to be auctioned by the government within this month, were not ready for bidding as many criticalclearances were pending. Read more…..http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-13/news/42041631_1_bidding-norms-ultra-mega-power-projects-coal-blocks

Farmers demand price as per new Land Acquisition Bill

Kancheepuram: Even before the Land Acquisition Bill receives Presidential Assent and became an act, farmers in Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu have demanded compensation as per rates fixed in the legislation for their farm lands sought to be acquired by a subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation for a power plant.

The farmers accused the Coastal Tamilnadu Power Limited (CTPL), floated by Read more…… http://zeenews.india.com/news/tamil-nadu/farmers-demand-price-as-per-new-land-acquisition-bill_876245.html

Environmental clearance for two mega power projects awaited: Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) The central environment and forest ministry is yet to give its nod for two mega thermal power projects in Tamil Nadu despite its own expert committee having given its sanction for the projects, state Power Minister Natham R. Viswanathan said Tuesday.

Speaking at the power ministers conference here, Viswanathan said: “Even though the expert appraisal committee of ministry of environment and forest has recommended environmental clearance for our Udangudi Super Thermal Power Project and Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project, the final clearance is yet to be issued by the ministry.” Read more……. http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=253664951