Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bids for Tamil Nadu, Odisha mega power projects to be deferred by two months

SIDDHARTHA P SAIKIA

Loose ends Linkage from the coal block to the power plant, which will be crucial in deciding the tariff, has to be provided by the Government. - PV SIVAKUMAR
Loose ends Linkage from the coal block to the power plant, which will be crucial in deciding the tariff, has to be provided by the Government. – PV SIVAKUMAR
Companies seek more time; bids will be finalised by new Govt
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23:

Bidding for the ultra mega power projects (UMPP) at Bhedabahal in Odisha and Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu, of 4,000 MW each, will be deferred by at least two months. This means the winning bids for the projects, which require investments of over ₹25,000 crore each, will be declared by the new Government, expected to take charge by May.

“The bidders have sought more time to submit RFPs (request for proposal or price bid). The companies sought extension of the date by three months. However, the Government will extend it by another 8-10 weeks. The order is expected in a day or two,” a senior Power Ministry official told Business Line.

According to the official, the bidders want more time Continue reading

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The Coal Scourage – Key Note Speech of E A S Sarma, Former Union Power Secretary 

Coal is a widely used but fast depleting energy resource. The extensive land degradation that coal mining involves, the widespread loss of livelihoods and toxic pollution that coal-based projects cause and the long-term adverse impact of burning coal on the global climate have raised serious concerns worldwide. A cursary look at some of our coal mining areas in the eastern and the central regions of the country will reveal the extent of human trauma that coal mining has caused in those regions. An interaction with those who live in the vicinity of any coal-based power plant will corroborate the havoc caused by the huge quantities of fly ash dumped all around. Despite the much touted claim that India has “abundant” coal reserves, it is a fact that, at the rate at which coal is being consumed in our case, the extractable and usable coal resources will not last beyond 15 years. It is ironic that we should continue to pursue the use of coal as the primary source of energy in India.

Read the complete speech here: 

http://sipcotcuddalore.com/pr_230214.html

‘Usable Coal to be Over in 15 yrs’

Despite India’s perceived abundance in coal reserves, usable coal will not last beyond 15 years, going by the rate at which it is being consumed in the country, warned former Union power secretary E A S Sarma here on Saturday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a convention on the “Real Face of coal”, former Union Power Secretary E A S Sarma said that rational energy planning should shift the focus from creating new megawatts to saving megawatts in transmission and distribution. “Supply-oriented planning in energy, especially electricity, has outlived its time. Sooner we face this hard reality, the better it will be from the point of view of sustainability,” he said.

The Coal Mine Planning & Design Institute………..Read more: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Usable-Coal-to-be-Over-in-15-yrs/2014/02/23/article2072545.ece#.Uw8gWvmSwRE

Plea to declare land acquisition for power project as illegal

A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to declare that the proceedings for identification of land and land acquisition for the 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project and the captive port at Cheyyur in Kancheepuram district as illegal.

The petitioner, K.Saravanan of Ururkuppam, Besantnagar here, a fisherman, said the Tamil Nadu Government was currently acquiring lands for the power project and the captive port at Cheyyur.

The lands which were being acquired were not the ones that were selected for the project.

In the case of the captive port, land acquisition was being done at a site that was expressly rejected in favour of a different location that was found more suitable. As regards the power plant, lands in a survey numbers that were not even part of the site stated to be required were being acquired. Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/plea-to-declare-land-acquisition-for-power-project-as-illegal/article5701116.ece

Plea opposes land acquisition for Cheyyur thermal plant

CHENNAI: Citing “crippling irregularities” and “fraudulent methods” adopted for acquiring lands for a 4,000MW coal-fired ultra-mega thermal power plant at Cheyyur near Chennai, a PIL filed in the Madras high court has sought a stay on acquisition of land in seven villages on East Coast Road.

The first bench comprising acting Chief Justice Satish K Agnihotri and Justice K K Sasidharan on Monday issued notices to state and central governments, besides the Tamil Nadu Maritime Board and the Central Electricity Authority.

According to the PIL, the Kancheepuram district administration has been acquiring lands in Cheyyur, Vedal, Chittarkadu, Gangadevankuppam, Vilangadu, Kokkaranthangal and Panaiyur villages for the power plant and a captive port, though most of these lands lay outside the project area. The Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited, a subsidiary of the Power Finance Corporation, is the promoter of the plant.

While the coal-fired thermal plant and ash dyke are to come up in Cheyyur, a captive port to receive the imported coal for the power plant is to be set up in Panaiyur, the PIL said, adding, “The identification of the sites is fraught with illegalities.”

The PIL, filed by a fishing community member, K Saravanan, said these lands were not the ones originally identified for the project, and that at present land acquisition was being carried out at a site that was rejected in favour of a different location.

No committee either visited the spot for identification of the two sites, or submitted a feasibility report, he said, adding, “The clearance for the captive port as well as the power plant is under challenge before the National Green Tribunal (southern bench)”.

Noting that he was not against the power project in Tamil Nadu, Saravanan said coal-fired thermal power plants are ‘red’ category industries because of their inherently polluting nature.

Also, the captive port for the project is now proposed to be located in a site rejected by the site selection teams of the state government. Instead of Panaiyur, the team had selected Tharuthazhalaiyur to locate the port, he said.

The area between the villages which is being acquired for the captive port is covered with sand dunes and is eco-sensitive, the PIL said, adding, “This beachfront is used perennially for a range of fishing-related activities. Locating a port and a 3-lakh tonne coal storage yard at this location would harm the health of local communities, disrupt livelihoods and disturb the coastal ecology.”

HC orders issue of notices on plea against power plant

The Madras HC today ordered issue of notices to the Union Environment and Forests Ministry, Tamil Nadu’s Energy Department secretary and special thasildar of Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram on a plea seeking direction to withdraw proceedings for land acquisition for the 4000 MW project in Cheyyur and adjoining villages.

The petitioner, K Saravanan, also challenged acquiring of lands for a Captive Port in Cheyyur, Kancheepuram district.

He contended that clearance given for the Captive Port and UMPP were challenged before the National Green Tribunal, South Zone, on ecological grounds.

NGT had also issued interim orders not to finalise the award for bidders for the establishment of the port, he submitted.

The lands for the proposed the power plant was not visited by the Site Selection Team of the government, the petitioner submitted.

The First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Sathish K Agnihotri and Justice K K Sasidharan, directed the authorities to file their reply within two weeks.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/hc-orders-issue-of-notices-on-plea-against-power-plant-114021800011_1.html