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OSPCB asks power plants to introduce high concentration slurry disposal system

Following report is from the TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has asked power plant industries in the Sambalpur-Jharsuguda region to introduce High Concentration Slurry Disposal ( HCSD) system in an attempt to check the spreading of fly ash to other areas.

The fly ash, according to the new system, will have less water, to prevent spilling and flying of the ash. The decision of the board came after the violation of fly ash disposal by Bhushan Energy Limited (BEL) came to light.

“The ash released from the power plants to the ash ponds used to contain 90 per cent water, which was taking more space of the pond. According to the new system, industries have been asked to use 40 per cent water. So, there will be less dilution of ash and more solidification,” said regional officer of the board Sitikantha Sahu. He said the concentrated ash would get dried up easily, preventing a spill over.

The power plants release ash through elector static precipitator to the designated pond in the form of slurry. “Power plants require a huge amount of water. The new system will not only conserve water, but will save nearby agricultural lands from getting damaged due to spilling of fly ash,” said senior scientist of the board D K Behera. There are six mega power plants in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda belt. A recent OSPCB survey revealed that only 54% of the total ash generated from industries in the state is being utilized. “Lack of proper use of fly ash is not only damaging lakhs of acres of farm lands in the state, it is posing danger to water and aquatic life,” said Behera.


December 8, 2013 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Darlipali super thermal power station

Following report is from the Sambad:


July 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

Public hearing on Sahara thermal power plant at Titilagarh

Following report is from the Samaja:

June 6, 2012 at 9:52 am 1 comment

People of Pitamahul, Tebhapadar and Buromal worried over thermal plant repercussions

Following report is from the Pioneer:

The setting up of a thermal power plant at Pitamahul in Subarnapur district and an asbestos plant in Bargarh district has raised concerns about displacement, livelihood loss and environmental degradation among the residents of the two districts.

It may be recalled here that the residents had also opposed tooth and nail the Sahara power plant at Luturbandh in Titilagarh of Balangir district following which the fate of the project still remains uncertain.

KU group of companies is going to set up a 1,320-MW power plant at Pitamahul and Tevapadar villages near Subalaya in Birmahajpur sub division of Sonepur district with an investment of Rs 7, 500 crore. A total of 900 acres of land is required out of which 800 acres would be acquired from private people and the rest 100 acres would be acquired from the Government, said Project Manager the company Bidhu Ranjan Mishra.

Once the plants comes up, it would further improve the economic condition of people of the area by providing them jobs, besides helping in growth of ancillaries industries in that area. It would also go a long way in improving the entire scenario of the area of Sonepur district, claimed Sonepur District Collector Gagan Behari Swain.

However, a meeting was held at Buromaal recently which was addressed by Prafulla Samantary of Lok Shakti Abhiyaan and Priyabrata Sahu, among others, who opposed the setting up of the project.

The thermal power plant would cause severe fly ash pollution. When the mercury laden ash falls in the ground and comes in contact with water and aquatic animals, it would increase mercury pollution resulting in serious health hazard, said Priyabrata Sahu. Moreover, the temperature in the area would go up and it would also reduce ground water affecting the livelihood of hundreds of poor farmers of the area, Sahu cautioned.

The condition of Jharsuguda and Angul belt should be an eye opener for those proposing to set up the thermal power plant here. The requirement of power as projected by the Government is not intended for the common masses, but for the power hungry big industries. 1 kg of aluminum production requires about 15 units of electricity, which requires vast amount of coal to be burnt and water to be vaporized. Besides, it causes green house emission with sulfur, nitrogen, carbon contents.  The vast amount of fly ash would contain considerable amount of heavy metals and radioactive materials, said Amitabh Patra of Baragarh.

The scenic beauty of Pitamahul and Tevapadar area is really enchanting. The bird population of the locality is impressive. But the project would affect the precious flora and fauna, besides resulting in severe water pollution, said activist Amitabh Patra.

Setting up thermal power plant at Pitamahul is not appropriate as this area frequently faces problems of drought and water scarcity. The Mahanadi river is already water stressed, which cannot bear the water requirement of the power plant. Setting up a thermal power plant is like hammering the fate of the farmers and ecology, said Ranjan Panda, Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha.

However, despite the concerns raised by people from different walks of life, Sonepur District Collector GB Swain said, “We are offering Rs 3 lakh as compensation per acre of land. Taking the people into confidence and giving them proper rehabilitation, the project will be implemented in the district.”

Meanwhile, opposition to Vishwakarma Roofings, an asbestos cement plant in Baragarh has already gained momentum. People from 10 villages held a meeting on May 22 and pledged to oppose the plant, which has purchased about 20 acres of land in the middle of Naagaom, Lebidi and Kendpali villages of Sohela block.

Among others, farmer leaders Saroj Mahanty and Lingraj of Jan Chetna Parishad addressed the gathering. They said the factory would cause severe dust emission by which as many as 42 villages in 10 km radius of the factory would be affected. As the company requires huge amount of water, it would deplete the groundwater affecting the livelihoods of hundreds of farmers, besides drying up ponds, wells and other water bodies, they pointed out.

June 2, 2012 at 5:07 am 2 comments

Air pollution and coal fired power plants in Odisha

Following report is from the Samaja:

May 25, 2012 at 9:14 am 1 comment

Pitamahul thermal power plant faces roadblock

Following report is from the Sambad:


May 24, 2012 at 2:52 am Leave a comment

Update on upcoming supercritical thermal power plant at Pitamahul, Sonepur district

The Sambad:

Business standard:

KU Projects Pvt Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Ind Barath Power Infra Pvt Ltd (IBPIL) intends to set up a 1320 (2×660) super critical thermal power plant at Pitamahul in Sonepur district at a total investment of Rs 7260 crore. The MoU was signed by K Raghu, chairman of IBPIL.


KU Projects Private Limited (KPPL), a subsidiary of Hyderabad based Ind-Bharath Power Infra Pvt Ltd (IBPIL), will set up 1,320 MW (2X660MW) coal fired supercritical thermal power project at Pitamahul in Sonepur district with an investment of Rs 7,260 crore.

 The company requires 820 acres of land and the water requirement of the plant will be met from the Mahanadi river system, company sources said.

 If everything goes as per the plan, the company is confident of commissioning the first unit in 30 months. The construction work is likely to be taken up in the first quarter of the current year.

The Hindu:

Ujwal Kotagiri (left), Director of KU Projects Private Limited and P. K. Jena, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Energy, Government of Orissa exchange documents in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday after signing MOU to set up 1,320MW coal fired supercritical thermal power project at Pitamahul in Sonepur district. — Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

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May 11, 2012 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Ultra Mega Power Plant to come up in Kalahandi

Following is a report from BS:

The site for the second Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Odisha, to come up in the western part of the state, is expected to be finalized soon.

A team of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) will visit possible sites in Kalahandi and Bolangir districts during April 24-25 to zero in on a suitable location. The Central team is likely to be accompanied by officials of the state departments of water resources, forest, revenue as well as that of state agencies- Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd (Ipicol) and Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (Idco).

Last month, the CEA team had discussions with top state officials on selection of sites for two more UMPPs proposed in Odisha, each with capacity of 4,000 MW. One of the UMPPs would be a coastal project with Paradip and Dhamara being considered as possible locations. Union minister for power Sushilkumar Shinde said during his recent visit to the state that Odisha would get 2,000 MW from each of these two UMPPs.

Meanwhile, the bidding process has begun for the state’s first UMPP with a capacity of 4,000 MW. The project will be set up at Bhedabahal in western Odisha’s Sundergarh district. This UMPP would inject 1,300 MW to the state grid.

The Bhedabahal UMPP, entailing an investment of Rs 16,000 crore, needed 3,100 acres of land. The Orissa Integrated Power Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation (PFC), has been named the nodal agency for implementation of UMPP in the state.

Water for this UMPP has been allocated from the Ib river and check dams and barrages would be put up on the river for this purpose. It may be noted that Meenakshi, Meenakshi-B and Dipside Meenakshi coal blocks have been alloted for the UMPP with a total reserve of 880 million tonnes. Two other subsidiaries- Sakhigopal Integrated Power Company Ltd and Ghogarpalli Integrated Power Company Ltd have also been formed by PFC for executing the other two UMPPs.

Following is a report from the Sambad:

April 28, 2012 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

Fly ash deposition and environmental degradation in Jharsuguda district

Following is from Dharitri (e-edition):

March 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

Orissa government’s plan for two thermal power plants at Balangir, one at Jharsuguda, and one at Boudh district

Following is a report from

Orissa which has earned the tag of an ‘investors’ paradise’, attracting investments of over Rssix lakh crore in the past five years, continues to attract investors across sectors.

The state has attracted investments worth Rs51963.54 crore in the July-September quarter of 2010-11, reinforcing its image as an investor friendly destination.

The bulk of the investments have been in the steel and energy sectors. Of the 22 proposals that the state has received in the July-September period of this fiscal, seven have been in the energy sector followed by six in the steel and mines sector and three in the cement sector.

Investment proposals in the energy sector have been to the tune of Rs32024.76 crore with a cumulative capacity of 5175 Mw. Hecate Power Company Ltd has proposed to set up a 1080 Mw (4×270) thermal power plant in Bolangir district at a cost of Rs5350 crore.

Samvijaya Power and Allied Industries Ltd has proposed to set up a 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at Rampela in Jharsuguda district at an investment of Rs6828.38 crore.

Another power firm- Arissan Energy Ltd has also proposed to set up 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at the same location, entailing an investment of Rs6828.38 crore.

Similarly, Action Ispat and Power Ltd has evinced interest in setting up a 1320 Mw (2×660) thermal power plant at Puruna Pani in Boudh district at a cost of Rs8079.74 crore.

Embassy Nirman Pvt Ltd has proposed to set up a 135 Mw coal based power plant at Ghantikhal in Cuttack district at an investment of Rs618 crore.

Moser Baer Power and Infrastructures Ltd has proposed to put up a 1320 Mw (2×660) power plant in Bolangir district at a cost of Rs7400 crore.

Sonepur Energy and Oil City Pvt Ltd has lined up an investment of Rs5000 crore in setting up a gas processing plant and petrochemical complex at Sonepur in Ganjam district.

In the steel sector, ARSS Steel & Power Ltd has proposed to set up a three million tonne per annum (mtpa) steel plant at Boinda in Angul district, involving an investment of Rs10900 crore.

Similarly, Neepaz B C Dagara Steels Pvt Ltd, has planned to set up a 0.4 mtpa integrated steel plant and a 45 Mw captive power plant (CPP) at Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district at a cost of Rs1152 crore.

International Minerals Trading Company Pvt Ltd has proposed to set up an iron ore fines beneficiation plant at Barbil in Keonjhar district at a cost of Rs150 crore.

In the cement sector, Visa Cement Ltd intends to set up a portland cement plant at Bargarh at a cost of Rs1840 crore. Jaipur Cements Pvt Ltd has proposed to set u a 0.5 mtpa cement grinding plant at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district at a cost of Rs63.50 crore.

Bhushan Infrastructure Ltd has planned an integrated township at Mangalpur in Dhenkanal district at an investment of Rs425 crore. J K Paper Ltd plans to set up a paper board plant at Jaykaypur in Rayagada district at a cost of Rs1475 crore.

November 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

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