Reliance Power

Reliance Power has
bagged its third 4,000-MW
Ultra Mega Power Project at
Tilaiya in Jharkhand

– January 2009


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Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Project (Tilaiya UMPP) is an integrated power project which involves a pit head, coal based power plant with an aggregate capacity of 4000 MW using supercritical technology at district Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, India, and development of associated Kerandari BC Coal Mine at North Karanpura Coal Fields, district Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, India. Tilaiya UMPP is the 4th UMPP, (and the 2nd pit-head UMPP) awarded through a competitive bidding process conducted under the UMPP initiative of Ministry of Power, Government of India. It is the third UMPP in Reliance Power’s power portfolio. The project is being developed by Jharkhand Integrated Power Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.

In order to meet the growing gap between demand and supply of power, the government has come up with the concept of UMPPs. These large scale projects are aimed at building large capacities and supplying power at competitive tariffs to consumers using economies of scale. The projects are awarded to developers on tariff-based competitive bidding on a Build-Own-Operate basis. Power Finance Corporation (PFC) the financial institution under the Ministry of Power, Government of India is the nodal agency and is responsible for securing the basic infrastructure / clearances like land, water supply, coal supply, environment clearances, etc. for UMPPs.

Tilaiya UMPP, a pit-head power project, has been allocated a captive coal block – Kerandari BC – having reserves of approximately 1.25 billion. The mine is located at an aerial distance of about 70 kms from the power plant site. The mining plan for a peak coal production capacity of 40 million tonnes per annum has been approved by Government of India. The Kerandari BC coal mine, once operational, would be one of the largest coal mines in India, thus making Tilaiya UMPP, along with the coal mine, the largest integrated power project in the country.

The project was awarded to the company through a competitive bidding process and transferred to the company in August 2009. As per the UMPP policy, the clearances for land, environment, water, forest, coal supply etc are required to be undertaken by the Procurers / Government. The land required for the project is being acquired. The environment clearance and other key clearances for the power plant have been obtained. The water required for the power plant has been allocated by the Government of India from the Tilaiya reservoir which is located at a distance of 4 kms from the power plant.

The power generated from Tilaiya Power Plant will be supplied to 18 Procurers (distribution utilities) from 10 States of northern, western and eastern India as per the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed with the Procurers. The power supplied at competitive tariff would benefit over 75 crore and growing India’s population. The project would employ the advanced ‘super-critical’ technology for its power plant and latest state-of-the-art technology for coal mining. It would result in higher operating efficiencies and reduced emissions thereby making the power generated cleaner and environment friendly.

Key Features

  • The third ultra mega power project of the company
  • The largest pit-head based integrated power and coal project

  • Impact of Project on Environment

    On the environment front, we will be undertaking afforestation and plan to grow 10 million trees around our power plants.

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  • Project’s Social Welfare Plan

    In line with our Corporate Philosophy, we are in the process of putting in place a CSR and Rehabilitation

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