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UP GenCo Approves 1,600 MW Anpara ‘E’ Thermal Power Plant

UP government-owned Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (UPRVUNL) has approved setting up of 1,600 MW Anpara ‘E’ thermal power unit. This coal-fired thermal plant will be located in UP’s Sonbhadra district.

Anpara ‘E’ Thermal Plant to Entail Rs. 18,000 Crore Investment, UP Govt. Approval Pending

UPRVUNL has estimated Rs. 18,624 crore as the cost of the upcoming Anpara ‘E’ thermal power unit. The proposal for setting up this thermal power plant has been sent to the Uttar Pradesh state government for approval.

This unit will be an addition to the existing Anpara Thermal Power Project which consists of units A, B, C and D. UPRVUNL owns units A, B, and D of the project which have 2,630 MW of combined power generation capacity.

UPRVUNL-NTPC Joint Venture to Develop the Project

Anpara ‘E’ thermal power project will be executed by Meja Utpadan Nigam Limited, a joint venture between UPRVUNL and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The estimated period of completion of this project has not been specified as of now.

This joint venture had been incorporated in 2008, and a supplementary joint venture agreement had been signed in September 2023 between UPRVUNL and NTPC for the development of Meja Stage-II, Obra ‘D’ Thermal Power, and Anpara ‘E’ Thermal Power Plants.

25.4 GW Thermal Power Generation Capacity to Meet Surging National Power Demand

Anpara ‘E’ is one of several thermal power plants under construction, which are directed towards India’s energy secturity.

As per Mr. R.K Singh, Union Power, and New & Renewable Energy Minister, thermal power projects of 25,440 MW collective generation capacity are in various stages of development in India. This information was given by Mr. Singh in the Lok Sabha on 27th July 2023. Amongst these, UPRVUNL is in the process of developing 2×660 MW Jawaharpur Thermal Power Plant, 2×660 MW Obra ‘C’ Thermal Power Plant and 1×660 MW Panki Thermal Power Plant.

India’s power requirements by 2029-30 are estimated to reach 334.8 GW as per Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) 20th Electric Power Survey (EPS). Even as the move towards sustainable power generation alternatives picks up, the Ministry of Power mentioned in a PIB release dated 10th August 2023 that the Indian Government has not formulated any plans as yet to phase out coal-based power plants. This suggests that a major chunk of India’s power needs will continue to be met by coal-based plants in the near future.