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As a thumb rule cost of setting up a thermal power plant in India is around Rs 6 crore per Megawatt i.e., To set a 1000 MW power plant cost will Rs 6000 crore. Is it costlier proposition by international standards? Your views?

Asked by Good Citizen, 01 Sep '10 11:57 am
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In India, the fuel for thermal power station is coal (the most polluting type of electricity generation ), because of the abundant supply of coal. Other fuels used in Thermal power plants outside India, are fuel oil, processed natural gas etc.The technology used in the Thermal Power Plants differ with the type of fuel used to produce steam.Hence, comparing unit cost of setting up a Thermal Power plant in India with those existing in other countries may not be a scientific approach.
Answered by thampy chacko, 01 Sep '10 12:19 pm

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The cost factor is not appearing as constraint from the following projects that appear on the anvil .The companies, which signed MoUs , were Astaranga Power Company Ltd (2,640MW), Sahara India Power Corporation (1,320MW), Ind-Barat Energy Utkal Limited (700MW), Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (1,320MW), Visaka Thermal Power Pvt Ltd (1,100MW), Kalinga Energy & Power Limited (1,000MW), Arati Steel (500MW) and Chambal Infrastructures and Ventures Ltd (1,200MW).While Astaranga Power Company intended to establish 2,640MW thermal power plants in two phases at Astaranga in Puri district with an investment of Rs 11,200 crore, Sahara India Power Corporation proposed to set up 1,320MW thermal power plant at Turla village in Bolangir district at an estimated cost of Rs 5,604 crore.Similarly, Ind-Barat Energy Utkal planned to set up 700MW thermal power plant at Sahajbahal near Banharpali in Jharsuguda district with an investment of Rs 3,150 crore. Visaka Thermal Power will set up a 1,100MW coal-based p ...more
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 01 Sep '10 12:28 pm

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