Tag Archives: UMPP

Govt evaluating site in Bihar for 4,000 MW UMPP

Press Trust of India  |  <news:geo_locations>New Delhi  

May 1, 2014 Last Updated at 15:56 IST
 
The Power Ministry is evaluating a site in  for setting up a 4,000 MW ultra mega power project and has approached the Coal Ministry for allocation of a nearest coal block for the thermal plant. 

“We are considering a site in Bihar to set up a 4,000 MW UMPP. Land has been identified, water is available and we have even written to the Ministry of Coal on allocating a nearest coal block,” a Power Ministry official told PTI without divulging the name of the location. 

However, according to sources, the proposed plant is likely to be fed coal from a mine either in  or 
 

Power Plant Poses Big Threat to Birds in Cheyyur: Study

Published: 05th April 2014 08:19 AM

Contrary to the claims of the Union Environment Ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee, a joint survey by the Bombay Natural History Society and Madras Naturalists Society has found that the Odiyur Lagoon, adjoining the proposed Cheyyur power plant, is habitat for a vast number of resident and migratory waterbirds.

Read more: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Power-Plant-Poses-Big-Threat-to-Birds-in-Cheyyur-Study/2014/04/05/article2150521.ece#.Uz-u4xaXIb0

 

 

 

 

Vedal farmers say No to Cheyyur Power Plant

29 January, 2014

More than 200 farmers from Vedal in Cheyyur taluka attended a hearing called for by the District Collector of Kanchipuram on 28 January, and unanimously conveyed their decision against land acquisition of their farmlands for setting up the 4000MW power plant. A similar meeting was held at 3 p.m. for farmers from Chittarkadu, Palaiyur and Thaneer Panthal.

Speaking to cheyyur.wordpress.com over phone, Vedal farmer Mani Mudaliar said the administration was unprepared to answer any of the questions raised by the farmers. Farmers pointed out that the lands originally identified by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for locating the plant did not have any agricultural lands. They alleged fraud in the manner in which the site has been changed to encompass fertile agricultural lands. Highlighting that the company’s environmental clearance itself states that more than 82 percent of the lands to be acquired for the power plant and toxic ash dump are private agricultural lands, the farmers said that the choice of site vitiates the Environment Ministry’s siting guidelines for coal-fired thermal power plants. The original site identified by a site selection team of the CEA pursuant to a visit in October 2006 comprised non-agricultural and non-forest lands spread over Cheyyur and Mudaliarkuppam villages. The current site is located in Vedal, Gangadevanuppam, Chittarkadu and Palaiyur village and is predominantly agricultural, and includes more than 100 acres of waterbodies, and about 40 acres of Reserve Forests.

The farmers also objected that the Government had violated due process by notifying compensation orders without even sending the “award copy” to individual land owners. Some pointed out that the project had been built on a bed of lies including statements to statutory authorities about the absence of waterbodies and migratory birds.

The District Collector said that the matter is in the Madras High Court and several other fora, and that the Government will now await the court order on the matter.

For more information, contact: Nityanand Jayaraman: 9444082401. Visit:cheyyur.wordpress.com

Major fire causes UMPP shutdown

Major fire causes UMPP shutdown

Fire shuts down Mundra UMPP till November 24. Coastal Gujarat Power Limited expects to incur financial loss of Rs 206 crore due to generation loss of 912 million units. Read more:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/mundra-umpp-shut-down-until-nov-24-due-to-major-fire-113111700499_1.html

Cheyyur plant green nod challenged

A resident of Panaiyur Periakuppam in Kancheepuram has moved the National Green Tribunal here challenging the Environment Clearance (EC) awarded recently to the proposed 4,000 Megawatt Ultra Mega Power Project in Cheyyur belonging to the Power Finance Corporation by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

This is the second case relating to the project now with the NGT. Last year, the same petitioner filed a petition against the EC provided by the ministry………Read more: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Cheyyur-plant-green-nod-challenged/2013/11/13/article1887805.ece

Tamil Nadu: farmers block power plant, demand compensation under new land law

Cheyyur, Tamil Nadu: Around 300 farmers have refused to part with their land in Cheyyur, 100 km from Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, for the Rs. 24,000-crore power plant, asking the government to wait till the newly-elected Land Acquisition Act comes into force so that they could get market rates for their land.

Farmers allege the government is rushing them to save money for the big companies who would bid for the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project plant. Read more http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/tamil-nadu-farmers-block-power-plant-demand-compensation-under-new-land-law-437217

‘Pass through’ test begins with Odisha, Cheyyur UMPPs

SUMMARYThe project award process, starting with the pre-application conference today, can revitalise the power sector

The power sector is suddenly brimming with newfound energy with the government clearing bidding norms that allow ‘pass through’ of the rise in fuel costs.

The process for awarding ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) is starting today with a pre-application conference for two projects of 4,000 MW each, in Odisha and Cheyyur, Tamil Nadu. According to the schedule fixed by the government, the projected dates for signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) are March 27, 2014 for Odisha and March 28 for Cheyyur. The evaluation of the bids and the award of both the projects will be completed in February. If all goes as scheduled, the total number of UMPPs awarded would become six—four projects have been awarded since the UMPP initiative began in 2005-06.  Read more…..http://www.financialexpress.com/news/-pass-through-test-begins-with-odisha-cheyyur-umpps/1182511/0

Cheyyur power plant bidding put on hold

By Sruthisagar Yamunan | ENS – CHENNAI

Published: 04th October 2013 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 04th October 2013 07:38 AM

The National Green Tribunal has restrained the project proponents of the proposed Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram off the East Coast Road from finalising bids for the works until further orders.

The coal jetty for the 4,000 MW power project was challenged by two residents of Panaiyur in July this year after an environment clearance was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests last November.

A number of alleged anomalies were pointed out by the petitioners, including the fact that separate Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) were conducted for the coal jetty and power project, which would be separated by a 5 kilometre distance………..Read more http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Cheyyur-power-plant-bidding-put-on-hold/2013/10/04/article1817904.ece

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