NTPC’s proposed North Karnapura plant gets back coal linkage

Coal linkage to NTPC’s proposed 1,980 MW North Karnapura power plant in Jharkhand has been restored but supply of the fuel will start in the next Plan period, Coal Ministry has informed dry fuel producer CIL. “In pursuance of the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) decision … the coal linkage granted to North Karnapura Thermal Power plant of NTPC in Jharkhand from CCL ( Central Coalfields Ltd) … is restored,” the ministry said in a letter to Coal India Ltd (CIL), the parent company of CCL. “… in principle with the stipulation that the coal supplies will commence during the 13th Five Year Plan,” the letter added. Government in February this year had decided against relocating the proposed project and had said that the plant would be provided necessary coal linkages. The Coal Ministry in 2008 had withdrawn fuel linkages to the NTPC plant following a tiff with the power ministry over the location of the project. NTPC plans to set up 1,980-MW power plant in the vicinity of Tandwa town in Chatra district of Jharkhand which would be its first project in the state. The Coal Ministry had contended that the area has six billion tonnes of coal reserves underneath. It had stated in a Cabinet note that executing a power plant over the proposed site would pose threat to the environment.

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