Adani Godda power station

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Adani Godda power station is a proposed 1,600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Jharkhand, India.

Location

The map below shows the location of Godda district, Jharkhand state, India but not the exact location of the project.

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Background

In February 2016 Adani Power applied for a terms of reference to build a 2 x 800 MW coal-fired power station in Godda district.[1]

On August 11, 2016, Adani Power signed an MoU with Bangladesh Power Development Board to set up a 2x800 MW thermal power plant on build-own-operate (BOO) basis in India. Adani will export the entire power generated from the power project to Bangladesh.[2]

The terms of reference was granted in July 2016. An EIA was submitted in April 2017. The plant would be ultra-supercritical.[2]

Environmental clearance was granted on August 31, 2017.[3]

According to locals in December 2018, Adani has begun uprooting trees and burial sites for the plant, and have been protected by the police. Locals have protested and Adani has retreated for now. Many locals said they have refused to accept monetary compensation for the land, on the grounds that they never agreed to give their land to the Adani Group.[4]

According to IEEFA, the tariffs quoted by the Bangladesh Power Development Board for power from the plant are not competitive, because Adani would run the facility with imported coal from Adani’s Australian Carmichael coal project, via the port of Dhamra, Odisha (owned by Adani Ports) some 700 kilometres away from the power plant by rail. They suggest the real reason for the plant is to prop up the prospects of Adani's proposed Carmichael megamine in Queensland through a favorable PPA for Adani.[5]

According to Scroll.in, on February 25, 2019, the Modi government cleared the way for the plant to become the first standalone power project in India to get the status and benefits of a Special Economic Zone, giving the project access to a host of duty-waivers, tax exemptions, and faster clearances. In addition, the amended guidelines mandate that all electricity generated in the SEZ be exported, meaning Jharkhand could lose its share of local electricity from the project. To enable SEZ status for the Adani project, the government had to amend 2016 guidelines that prohibited the establishment of a standalone power project inside an SEZ.[6]

Coal source

The plant will be fuelled by imported coal which the company plans to procure under long term firm agreement from countries like Indonesia, South Africa and Australia. The imported coal will be received at Dhamra Port in Odisha and be transported to the project site by rail. The annual coal requirement is estimated to be about 7-9 MTPA.[2]

Opposition

Locals report being assaulted and harassed to give over their land for the power project. According to Newslaundry, the violence was barely covered in the media: "A few local editions of language media publications carried small reports on the violence. One local journalist Nagmani told Newslaundry, 'I had footage of police lathi-charge in Motia but SDPO Abhishek Kumar forced me to delete it.'”[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Adani Power
  • Parent company: Adani Group
  • Location: Motia, Gangta, Gayghat & other adjacent villages, Godda & Poraiyahaat Tehsils, Godda district, Jharkhand
  • Coordinates: 24.82786, 87.213676 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 1,600 MW (2 x 800 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported (from the Carmichael coal mine, Australia)
  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, July 26, 2016; EIA, Adani Power, April 2017; Environmental clearance, India MoEF, Aug 31, 2017

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