Uttarakhand Power Company to Operationalize First Unit of Khurja Thermal Plant by September 2024

THDCIL to operationalize 1,320 MW Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant by 2025, boosting power generation in Uttar Pradesh and implementing carbon capture technology.

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Uttarakhand Power Company to Operationalize First Unit of Khurja Thermal Plant by September 2024

Uttarakhand Power Company to Operationalize First Unit of Khurja Thermal Plant by September 2024

THDC India Ltd (THDCIL), a state-owned power company based in Uttarakhand, is set to make the first 660 MW unit of the Rs 12,000 crore Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant (Khurja STPP) operational by September 2024. As of January 2024, the company has spent Rs 9,428.30 crore and completed 85% of the work on the 1,320 MW (2x660 MW) project located in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.

The Khurja STPP includes an integrated coal-based thermal power plant with a linkage to the operational Amelia coal mine in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Recent milestones achieved include the engine rolling on the railway siding from Danwar station to the plant yard, facilitating coal transportation, and the completion of boiler light-up of Unit 1 and auxiliary boiler light-up as per schedule.

Once fully operational, the plant is expected to generate 9,264 million units of power annually, with 64.7% (854 MW) of the power allocated to Uttar Pradesh and the remainder to other beneficiaries. THDCIL aims to make the second 660 MW unit operational by March 2025.

Why this matters: The operationalization of the Khurja STPP will significantly boost power generation capacity in Uttar Pradesh and surrounding regions. It represents a major infrastructure investment that will contribute to meeting the growing electricity demand and supporting economic development in the area.

As part of its environmental initiatives, THDCIL is implementing a carbon capture technique at the Khurja STPP to capture the CO2 emissions. "The company is also implementing an environment-friendly carbon capture technique at the Khurja STPP to capture CO2 emissions," stated a company spokesperson.

With 85% of the work completed and Rs 9,428.30 crore already invested as of January 2024, THDCIL is on track to meet its target of operationalizing the first unit of the Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant by September 2024. The successful completion of this project will mark a significant milestone in expanding power generation capacity in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states.

Key Takeaways

  • THDCIL to make 660 MW unit of Khurja STPP operational by Sept 2024.
  • Khurja STPP is a 1,320 MW (2x660 MW) coal-based thermal power plant in UP.
  • Plant expected to generate 9,264 million units annually, with 64.7% allocated to UP.
  • THDCIL implementing carbon capture technique to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • 85% of work completed, on track to meet Sept 2024 and Mar 2025 targets.