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The second UMPP in Odisha is finalized to be in Bhadrak

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Following is from a report in Economic Times.

The government has identified site for setting up Rs 18,000-crore imported coal-based ultra mega power project in Orissa, power secretary Uma Shankar said.

The 4,000-mw plant, one of the three such proposed projects in the state, will be located at Bhadrak. A team of Central Electricity Authority will on April 21 visit the state for finalising location of the third ultra mega power project that would be run on imported coal, he said.

Orissa’s first ultra mega power project at Bedabahal is under bidding.

An important reason behind Bhadrak being the location must be the Dhamara port and its competitive pricing. This is a glimpse of the impact of having new ports. Odisha must push the other new ports that are in various stages of planning. As we have discussed before, the ports will serve the traffic from/to the countries in the east.

 

Odisha single window committee (SWC) approves investment of Rs 1,286.61 crore

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Following is an excerpt from a report in ibnlive.com.

The single window committee (SWC) on Friday approved proposals for four industrial units, two of them power plants, with an investment of Rs 1,286.61 crore.

… The proposal of M/S Beverages Private Limited to set up a soft drink beverages unit with capacity of one lakh crates per annum at Atabira in Bargarh district with an investment of Rs 59.61 crore was approved in the meeting.
Similarly, the proposal of M/S Essar Power Orissa Limited to set up 4×30 MW captive power plant in two phases at Paradip with an investment of ` 683 crore was also given the green signal.

It is expected that the project will provide employment opportunity to 200persons.

The proposal submitted by Investa Ventures Limited for setting up a LED manufacturing plant and incubation park at Chandaka near Bhubaneswar with an estimated investment of Rs 190 crore was also approved.

The plant will produce energy saving LED electric bulbs and tubes and is expected to open employment opportunities for 470 persons.

Besides, the proposal of M/S Ultra Tech Cement Ltd for expansion of the existing cement grinding capacity from 1MTPA to 3 MTPA at Jharsuguda Cement Works and bulk terminal in Cuttack district with an investment of ` 354 crore has also got the approval of the committee.

Odisha’s first operational solar powerplant commissioned in Balangir district

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

Hyderabad-based Raajratna Energy Holdings Private Limited (REHPL), a company engaged in the development of renewable energy projects has announced the commissioning of its 1 MW solar power plant at Sadeipali in western Orissa’s Bolangir district on last Monday.

Incidentally, this is the third grid connected solar power plant in the country. The plant was successfully synchronized with the grid on June 30 this year. This project has been commissioned in a record time of five months at an estimated cost of Rs 16-17 crore.

It has been implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of Rooftop PV (Photo Voltaic) and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) Scheme of the Union ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The project was executed by AIC Projects GmbH, Germany and KSK Surya-Hyderabad. REHPL has expressed its gratitude to Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) for its timely funding of the project.

To give a boost to solar power generation, Gridco had signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with eight solar developers, each with a capacity of 1 MW. It had also inked an MoU with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to avail generation based incentive (GBI) under the Union ministry of new & renewable energy (MNRE) through IREDA under Rooftop Photovoltaic and Small Solar Generation Programme (RPSSGP) scheme.

In addition to this, Gridco had also entered into power sale agreement with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, to avail solar power bundled with equivalent capacity of thermal power from unallocated share of upcoming NTPC stations under ‘New Solar Projects’ scheme of MNRE. Under the said scheme, 20 MW of solar power has been allocated to Gridco. 

Environment ministry clears 6 coal mining proposals in Odisha: PTI

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Following is an excerpt from a PTI report in Times of India.

"All the six coal-blocks are part of the IB Valley coalfield and only one (Meenakshi-A) is presently in the ‘go’ area, the other five being in ‘no go’ areas. All six blocks will now be considered by FAC ( Forest Advisory Committee) as ‘go’ areas," Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said in a statement.

Giving green signal to clear coal-blocks linked to UMPP, NTPC and OPGC power plants, the Minister said the Power Ministry should give "special focus" on ash disposal and water availability.

Three coal-blocks (Meenakshi-A, Meenakshi-B and Meenakshi Dipside) have been allocated to the 3960MW/4000MW Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP).

Coal-blocks (Manoharpur and Manoharpur Dipside) have been allocated to the 1320 MW power plant of Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC). One coal-block (Dulanga) has been allocated to NTPC’s 1600 MW power plant.

Videocon plans to manufacture mobile sets in Odisha; L & T plans to increase its investment in Odisha to 85,000 crores: Sambada

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Tata’s power plant plan in Naraj-Marthapur marches ahead

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Although I personally would prefer that the location is used for an IT or Knowledge park, it seems  the power-plant project is making stead progress. Following is from the page http://www.tatapower.com/services/power-projects.aspx#naraj.

All major clearances for the 660 MW Naraj Marthapur project have been obtained. The environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests is obtained. The plant is expected to be commissioned within three years of the completion of the land acquisition, which is expected to be completed during the year. Tata Power has been allotted the Mandakini coal block located in the Angul district of Orissa, along with Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited, and Jindal Photo Limited.

Wlid life Conservation Plan

Consent to Establish- Naraj Marthapur

Approval of Wildlife Conservation Plan

List of Activities for wild life Conservation

Click here for the Environmental Clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests

I hope it is not too late to change this plan. Following are maps from the Wlid life Conservation Plan document.

The above maps do not show the location of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Following is a map that shows it.

High level clearance authority approves investment of 136,000 crores in its 14th meeting

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Following is from a report in Business Standard.

Orissa government today approved nine new projects, including coal-to-liquid (CTL), steel and aluminium units involving investment of Rs 1,36,000 crore.

The projects got the final nod at a meeting of the high-level clearance authority chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Industries secretary T Ramachandru said.

Apart from two CTL, two steel and one aluminium units, the approved projects included a power plant, one textile unit, a paper plant and an aluminium park, he said.

Among the major proposals was the Rs 42,000 CTL project of Jindal Symflex Ltd to be set up at Durgapur in Angul district using German Lurgi technology, he said adding its capacity would be 80,000 barrels per day.

Requiring 4,000 acre of land, the project would have an 1100 mw captive power plant. Set to provide 6500 direct employment, it would use 90 cusec water from river Mahanadi.

Another CTL project is proposed to be set up by Strategic Energy Technology Systems Pvt Ltd, a joint venture of Tata and Saso, at an investment of Rs 35,000 crore at Gudiakateni in Dhenkanal district.

With a capacity of 80,000 barrels per day, the project requiring 4,000 acre land would have 1100 mw generation facility. It would generate 6700 direct employment while drawing 90 cusec water from river Mahanadi.

An aluminium project is proposed to be set up by a joint venture of L&T and Dubal at an investment of Rs 30,000 crore over an area of 4000 acre in Rayagada district. Its refinery would have 3 mtpa capacity and smelter 1.5 mtpa. It would draw 60 cusec water from river Nagavali.

Seeking to further raise energy production, the HLCA cleared a proposal of Lanco Dabandh Power Ltd to have another 1320 mw unit at an investment of Rs 5000 crore in addition to its earlier plant of same capacity in Dhenkanal district.

In textile sector, Andhra Pradesh based NSL Textiles Ltd would set up an integrated textile plant at an investment of Rs 1500 crore with a promise to provide 5000 jobs and steps to encourage one lakh farmers to grow cotton over an area of 2.25 lakh hectares of land.

Following are excerpts from a report in Pioneer.

With this, the total investments in the State’s industry sector went up to `5.36 lakh crore.

… Principal Secretary of Industries, T Ramachandru said the two ambitious coal-to-liquid projects are first of its kind in the country to be set up in joint venture. While Jindal Synfuels Limited of Jindal Steel and Power would set up a `.42,000-crore plant with technical collaboration of Largy of Germany, Strategic Energy Technology, a Tata venture, would establish its project with an investment of `45,000 crore with technological collaboration of Sasol of South Africa.

He said Jindal;s plant would be located at Durgapur in Angul district with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels of diesel and other petroleum products per day. Besides, Jindal Synfuels would also establish a 1100-MW captive thermal power plant. The project would require 90 cusecs of water to be drawn from the Mahanadi. It would require about 4000 acres of land. It would provide employment to around 6,500 persons.

The Tatas would set up their project in Dhenkanal district in 4,000 acres of land with a requirement of 90 cusecs of water. The project, which includes a 1,100-MW captive power plant, has direct employment potential of 6,400 persons and would produce 80,000 barrels of petroleum products per day, Ramachandru said.

He said both the projects have already been allotted with coal blocks by the Central Government.

Aditya Aluminium would establish an aluminium park at Katarbaga near Rengali in Sambalpur district by investing `1,300 crore to encourage ancillary and downstream industries in the small-scale sector. The park, which would require 211 acres of land, would facilitate units like foundry, wire drawing, extrusion and coil in its cluster.

The HLCA also approved the proposal of L&T Dubal, a joint venture company of L&T and Dubal Aluminium of Dubai, to establish an integrated aluminium project with a 3-MTPA alumina refinery and a 1.5-MTPA smelter with an investment proposal of `30,000 crore. The aluminium project would be located at Rayagada. The project, whichwould provide direct employment to 3,000 persons, would require 4,000 acres of land and 60 cusecs of water to be drawn from Nagavali river. The company is already in possession of bauxite mines.

Andhra Pradesh-based NSL Textile has also received clearance of its proposal to set up an integrated textile project at Rayagada with 3-lakh spindle capacity. The company would invest `1,500 crore to produce 6,000 pieces of cloths of varied qualities per day, Ramachandru said. He said the company would enter into agreements with farmers for cultivation of cottons to meet its raw material demands. The company would involve at least one lakh cotton growers for cultivation of cotton in 2.5 lakh acres of land in a buyback process. It would instal ginning, cotton processing, yarn preparation and finished clothes plants. It requires 400 acres of land Besides these new projects, the Industries Secretary said, the HLCA cleared the proposal of JK Paper Ltd of Rayagada to expand its capacity to 1.5 lakh tonne per annum with an involvement of `1,475 crore. With the capacity addition, the company would provide employment to 3,800 more persons. The company has applied for 150 acres of land to its existing 659 acres to set up the expansion project.

The HLCA also accorded approval to Adhunik Metalics to expand its steelmaking capacity to 3.2 MTPA in its Kuanramunda project in Sundargarah district. The company, which proposes an additional investment of `8,125 crore, promises to provide 2,100 more jobs. Presently, its production capacity is around .041 MTPA. It requires 100 acres of land for the expansion project.

OCL Iron and Steel Ltd got the clearance for capacity addition to its project at Kutnia, Rajgangpur to 0.95 MTPA at an investment of `2,834 crore. It proposes to provide 2,500 more direct jobs. It also envisages downstream industries and requires 650 acres land.

The HLCA also approved the proposal of existing Lacno Babandh Power Private Ltd at Khadakhprasad to double its power generation capacity from 1,320 MW.

It proposes to set up two new units of 660 MW and invest additional `5,000 crore in its thermal power plant. It requires an additional 700 acres of land and would provide employment to 800 more persons, the Industries Secretary said.

SLSWCA approval for two power projects in Nayagarh and Boudh

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) on Monday cleared two projects in the energy sector involving a total investment of Rs 1,045 crore.

The projects which got the nod of the Single Window authority are those proposed by Hyderabad-based Primo Power & Infra Ltd and Konark Kanti Energy Ltd.

Primo Power & Infra Ltd has proposed to set up a 60 MW coal-fired thermal power plant at Gania village in Nayagarh district at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The power plant will create direct employment for 80 people.

"Konark Kanti Energy Ltd will set up 110 MW coal-based power plant at Baghiapara in Boudh district at an investment of Rs 435 crore. This project will generate direct employment for 70 persons. Besides, the company has also proposed to set up a petroleum based downstream industry at Paradip at a cost of Rs 200 crore and a petroleum storage tank at Dhamara at Rs 110 crore", T Ramachandru, principal secretary (industries), Orissa government told reporters after the meeting of SLSWCA chaired by the state Chief Secretary B K Patnaik.

Job creation by new Steel, Aluminum, Cement and Power Companies in Odisha

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Following is excerpted from a report in Business Standard.

  • Overall: employment for 39104 people in the state by the end of December 2010.
  • Steel sector: 31164 jobs which includes employment for 22399 people from the state and 8765 people from outside the state.
  • Aluminium sector: 5474 people including 3657 from the state and the remaining 1817 outside the state. Investment worth Rs 11017 crore has been grounded in this sector.
  • In the aluminium sector, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) has been the biggest job creator, generating over 5000 jobs through its one million tonne per annum (mtpa) refinery project and 75 MW captive power plant (CPP) at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district and aluminium smelter complex at Burkhamunda near Jharsuguda with a smelter capacity of 0.25 mtpa and a 675 MW CPP. At its refinery plant, VAL has employed 2523 people from Orissa and 1091 persons from outside the state. Similarly, 1026 people have been engaged from the state for VAL’s smelter plant while 686 others have been hired outside the state. VAL’s total investment on the refinery plant and smelter complex stands at Rs 9084 crore.
  • Aditya Aluminium Ltd has invested Rs 1875 crore on its one mtpa alumina refinery at Rayagada and a 0.26 mtpa smelter plant cum 650 MW CPP at Sambalpur. The company has created jobs for 63 people from the state and 34 others outside the state.
  • Cement sector: The total employment generated stands at 1502 by the end of December last year.
  • OCL Cement Ltd has generated employment for 1494 people and the company has invested Rs 697.46 crore out of a total project cost of Rs 850 crore for its 1.10 mtpa cement manufacturing unit at Rajgangpur. The other two investors in the cement sector- Ultratech Cement Ltd and ACC Cement Ltd have made negligible progress on their projects in the state.
  • In the power sector, the Independent Power Plants (IPPs) have generated employment for 964 people.
  • Sterlite Energy Ltd has commissioned the first unit (600 MW) of its 2400 MW IPP, four other IPPs- GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd, Monnet Power Company Ltd, Jindal India Thermal Power Ltd and Ind-Barath Energy (Utkal) Ltd have started construction.

POSCO gets green signal from EAC of MOEF with many conditions: DNA

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Update: A DNA report the next day has this to say:

The favourable stand taken by the expert appraisal committee (EAC) on the POSCO steel plant in Orissa does not ensure an automatic green signal to the project, environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said.

EAC’s positive recommendations are seen as a precursor to the ministry’s clearance for a project. Set up under the environment impact assessment notification of 2006, the committee assesses a range of issues related to a proposed project and recommends whether or not to grant approval to it. The ministry generally goes by its recommendation.

Ramesh clarified that a final decision on POSCO would be taken only after two weeks. The response has again put the fate of India’s biggest foreign direct investment project in doubt.


Following is from a report in DNA.

After running into several hurdles, the Rs51,000-crore POSCO steel plant project in Orissa has finally received the green signal from environment minister Jairam Ramesh. The decision comes as a big relief for the Indian industry which has been under tremendous pressure due to objections raised by the ministry over environment issues.

The steel project, being promoted by South Korean steel major POSCO in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa, is the biggest foreign investment in the country. It was put on hold after the ministry cited violations of environment and forest laws by the company. The decision of the expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the ministry followed several public hearings and meetings with officials of POSCO India limited and the state government.

The EAC, however, has imposed tough conditions — running into 80 clauses — on the promoters. The most important of these is that at least 5% of the total cost of the project should be earmarked for corporate social responsibility. This means, POSCO will need to set aside at least Rs2,000 crore for this purpose only.

The committee also announced the resettlement and rehabilitation policy for tribals and fishermen to be affected by the project. Of 4,004 acres of the project area, 3,566 acres is revenue forest land. The company has acquired nearly 100 acres for resettlement of 418 families. The compensation for betel vine growers has been doubled and fishermen would get Rs2,00,000 per acre of prawn pond. Earlier, there was no compensation norm for fishermen.

The committee agreed that the plant area of 4,000 acres is compact for a 12 MTPA integrated steel plant with a captive power generation capacity and a port. It said construction of the port and development of greenery within the plant on 1,000 acres (25% of plant area) should commence simultaneously with the plant’s construction and be completed within eight years.

The project proposes establishing an integrated steel plant which will have an initial capacity of four MTPA and final capacity of 12 MTPA. It will have a captive port and a power plant of 400 MW. The EAC agreed with the seasonal basis on which the clearance was recommended in 2007 but insisted that on the basis of comprehensive environment impact assessment (EIA) report placed before it, aspects set out in subsequent paragraphs of these minutes must be revisited during the implementation of the project and conformity to norms verified and reported to the ministry.

The promoters have been asked to take steps to check vehicular pollution during transportation of raw material and finished products as well as dust emission during loading and unloading.

Raw material shall be stacked at earmarked sites in sheds/stockyards with wind breakers/shields and secure of fire hazard.

NTPC operations and plans for Odisha; includes a medical and engineering college

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Following is from Dharitri.

Odisha Single Window Clearance Committee cleared five proposals worth Rs 1,340 crore

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

… the single-window clearance committee of the state government, cleared five proposals worth Rs 1,340 crore. Industries secretary T. Ramchandru said that Orissa-based Konark Kranti Energy would set up a petroleum complex at Paradip and a petroleum storage facility at Dhamra port. “The company will invest Rs 300 crore,” he said.

Britania Industries Limited would also set up a plant at Khurda with an investment of Rs 51 crore.

Around 700 people will be employed by the firm. Everest Industry would set up a corrugated asbestos plant at Somanthpur in Balasore with an investment of Rs 69 crore, Chariot Steel and Power would expand its cement plant at Sundergarh and invest Rs 320 crore while Nababharat Ventures Limited would set up a power plant with an investment of Rs 600 crore, he added.

Odisha continues to attract investors in Steel, Energy and Cement during July-September 2010

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Following is from a Business Standard report.

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.

… 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.

Location for Tata power in Naraj is more apt for a Knowledge Park

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Expressbuzz.com.

The wildlife wing of the Forest department has raised concerns over the setting up of 1,000 mw thermal power plant proposed by Tata Power Company at Naraj.

Its proximity to critical sites, impact of pollution on them as well as on the wildlife are issues the wildlife wing is worried about. The ` 4,900 cr coal-based power project is proposed at Naraj Marthapur, about 12 km from Cuttack and 20 km from Bhubaneswar.

“The Centre had referred the project site matter to me. Subsequently, I inspected the proposed power plant site and submitted a report in which I have indicated certain concerns relating to environment and wildlife,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) P N Padhi said on Monday.

One of the major issues is its location. According to Padhi’s report, the power plant is proposed amidst six critical sites.

It has Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on both sides and it is located between two major rivers __ Mahanadi and Kathjodi.

Besides, it is flanked by two wildlife habitats __ Chandaka- Dampara wildlife sanctuary on the one hand and Nandankanan Zoological Park and Zoo, also a notified sanctuary, on the other.

“With two protected areas (PAs) on its sides, a thermal power plant may have adverse impact on wildlife,” Padhi said. Chandaka, for one, is an elephant sanctuary and has witnessed growing man-animal conflict over the past 10 years.

Besides, the jumbos are known to stray out of their habitats more frequently in the last few years.

Similarly, apprehension of pollution is a major concern …

The power project, which is located in Cuttack Sadar tehsil, needs about 990 acres. It is well close to a road that connects Khurda, Chandaka, Barang and Gobindpur. …

That location (close to Sri Sri University) is apt for a knowledge park. Since the Tatas have already worked hard on the land acquisition Odisha government should tell them that instead of a power plant they should create a Knowledge Park there. It could include a large operation of TCS, a TCS training center like the Infosys center in Mysore, space and infrastructure for multiple universities, medical colleges, etc.

There the total land area is about 990 acres. Currently such an amount of contiguous land is not available so close to Bhubaneswar where one can build IT parks and knowledge parks.

So the Odisha government should consider giving the Tatas some other land for their power plant and use that land for a knowledge park, possibly even built by the Tatas.


Lanco Infratech ties up funding for its power plant in Babandh in Dhenkanal

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times.

Lanco Infratech said on Thursday that it has arranged Rs 5,544 crore from a consortium of banks led by ICICI Bank for its 1,320 MW thermal power project at Babandh in Orissa.

Lanco Infratech’s group company Lanco Babandh Power Ltd has achieved the financial closure of the 1,320 MW coal-based power project, the company informed the stock markets today.

The project estimated to cost Rs 6,930 crore, would be financed with a debt of Rs 5,544 crore and an equity of Rs 1,386 crore.

A consortium of fourteen banks and financial institutions with ICICI Bank in the lead are providing the debt required for the project, it said.

CM inaugurates the Vedanta/Sterlite power plant in Jharsuguda: Dharitri

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The power plant is of 2400 MW capacity out of which 600 MW will be provided to Odisha at a low cost. Vedanta is building a 100 bd hospital in that area as a CSR measure.

State High-level Clearance Authority (SHLCA) clears project of 1,00,780 crores

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Following are excerpted from Pioneer reports at here and here.

  • Vedanta Aluminum would enhance its refinery, smelter and power plant capacity with a total investment of `37,440 crore. Vedanta Aluminium company would enhance its production capacity Langigarh unit to six million tonne from existing one million tonne. The company would also enhance its production capacity of Jharsuguda aluminium unit to 1.6 million tonne from existing 0.25 million tonne per annum. Similarly, the company would also increase power generation capacity of its CPP (captive power project) to 1,350 mega watt from existing 675 MW at Jharsuguda.
  • NSL Nagapatnam’s `8,900 crore investment plans in the State. The company would set up a 1320 MW power plant in Angul district at a cost of `6,600 crore, a 5,000-tonne sugar refinery at Paradip with an investment of `800 crore and a textile and spindle mill with 3 lakh spindles at a cost of `1,500 crore at Rayagada.
  • ACC Cement’s `1,850 crore three MTPA cement project along with a 50 MW CPP in Malkangiri district 
  • Bhusan Steel’s `3,000-crore steel park at Meramundali.
  • SPI Ports to set up a 1,320 MW (2 x 660 MW) power plant at Mahakalpada in Kendrapara district at an investment of Rs 6,600 crore.
  • KU Pvt Ltd would invest Rs 7,260 crore to set up a power project with 1320 MW power generating capacity at Thakurpur in Sonepur district.
  • Rohit Ferro Alloys would spend Rs 2500 crore for setting up a 67.5 MW captive power plant at its 0.6 MTPA stainless steel project at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district.
  • Aditya Aluminum to enhance the capacity of its Rayagada alumina refinery to 1.5 MTPA from the present 1 MTPA, and Jharsuguda smelter from 0.26 MTPA to 0.36 MTPA with an total investment of Rs 11,000 crore,
  • Jindal India is proposing to enhance the capacity of its power plant from 1,200 MW to 1,800 MW with a total investment of Rs8, 000 crore.
  • Ind-Bharat is proposing to expand its power project capacity from 700 MW to 1320 MW by adding a 660 MW unit with a total cost of Rs 3300 crore.
  • Kalinga Energy, which is now shifting its site from Babuchaki in Sambalpur to Sodamal in Jharsuguda district has also got green signal to enhance the capacity of its power project from 1000 MW to 1320 MW with a total cost of Rs 6500 crore.

Jharsuguda to be the country’s largest power producer city: Samaja

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I don’t know if being the largest power producer city is something good by itself. In general heavy industrialization is happening in Jharsuguda, and a full-fledged airport is coming up there.
However, matching HRD institutions and other amenities are not being made there. There are universities (Sambalpur U and VSSUT) and a medical college in Burla which is about 50 kms away, but none (except the private engineering college, Black Diamond) in Jharsuguda or its adjacent industrial townships of Belphar and Barajarajnagar. This needs to be corrected. Following are some quick thoughts.

  • Branches of Sambalpur U and VSSUT should be established there.
  • Jharsuguda Engineering School should be upgraded to an engineering college.
  • One of the local companies, especially the ones mining in Ib, should be pushed to establish a medical college there.

Greenko group proposes an Energy and Oil city at Sonepur of Ganjam

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Update: Following is excerpted from a report inTelegraph.

… Official sources said surveying the land for the project has already been completed. The legal and statutory requirements have been submitted to the appropriate authority for clearance.

… As per the proposal, the company would invest Rs 150 crore for land acquisition and connectivity, Rs 100 crore for energy academy, Rs 2,700 crore for power plant, Rs 1,000 crore for creating marine facilit. While Rs 400 crore would be invested for desalination plant and another Rs 500 crore would be towards township and office complex.

…Officials pointed out that oil and gas-based industries, which have shown interest in the hub are Alph Tech International Inc., Downstream Services, USA, Richemen Petroleum-Export Oriented Refinery, Dubai, SBM Offshore –FPSO Services, USA, ULO Systems LIC, Subsea Pipelines, Switerzerland and Dubai, Hyundai Offshore, South Korea.

The non-oil and gas-based industries which has evinced interest in the hub are Seacor Marine Inc, USA, Faros Investment Partners, UP, Wind Turbines and Blades, Aerostar, USA, Matrix Global LIC, USA and Virtue Group, USA.


Following is from an UNI report in newkerala.

The proposal was submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik by Mr S K Chalamsethy, Director Sonepur Energy and Oil City Private Limited set up by the consortium, sources said today.

The company, official sources said, had proposed to set up an Energy Academy for the development of technical knowhow in the energy and oil sectors and create necessary infrastructure for port, power, desalination plant, fabrication and township.

While the Consortium would invest Rs 5,000 crore, other industrial houses would invest nearly Rs 10,000 crore. The projects, when completed, would provide direct employment to 20,000 people and indirect employment to one lakh.

The Energy Academy would impart training to engineer, geologist, geophysicist, drilling engineer, fabricators besides other technical persons in close association with the international oil companies.

The company, sources said, would invest Rs 100 crore on the academy which would encourage small business men in the Oil sector.

In the proposed Oil city, a port, a ship manufacturing unit, 1000 MW gas based power plant and 120 MLD Desalination Plant, besides a modern city for a population of 10,000, would be established. This apart, infrastructure for setting up of Petrochemical complex and Oil storage would be created in the city.

Official sources said the Southern Orissa, being located on the Krishna-Godabari and Mahanadi basin, has the potential for investment in the oil and gas sectors and Orissa would emerge as a major Hydrocarbon Hub in the entire South East Asia.

In a report in Orissadiary, the group is named as Greenco. I could find a website for Greenko which has a director named Anil Kumar Chalamalasetty. This financial express interview is with him. Greenko stock listing info is here.

Note that Sonepur in Ganjam is next to the Bahuda Muhana. See

In 2008 the Odisha government had proposed Bahuda Muhana as one of the sites in response to a GOI call for a PPP based shipyard. So the above mention plan for a shipyard fits in nicely; or it may mean good homework done by the group in making the overall proposal.

However, Odisha government needs to be careful about grandiose proposals from newcomers, as it may be a land grab plan in disguise.

Sahara plans 8000 crore 1320 mw power project in Titlagarh

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times.

… the first unit of the project will be completed by 2014 and the second unit will be made operational a month later.

The proposed plant will be based on environmentally efficient supercritical technology and operate with effluents of less than 50% of the limits fixed by the union ministry of environment and forests.

"This proposed plant will be based on advanced technology of world with participation of Korea East-West Power Co Ltd, a company owned by the Government of Korea. The facility will operate with high pressure and high temperature thereby reducing coal consumption," Mr Bharagava said.

He added that the chimney height of 275 meter will keep the environment clean.

The proposed plant requires 950 acres of land. The state-owned Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited (IIDCO) has been entrusted the task of land acquisition.

"What is heartening to note is that there will be no displacement in the area. There are no forest lands within the area earmarked site. The Orissa water resources department has sanctioned 50 cusecs water to be drawn from the Tel River," the CEO said.

Mr D L Sapra, chief project coordinator, said the project would create direct employment opportunities for nearly 2000 people.

As per memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the state government, 90% of unskilled people, 60% skilled people, 30% supervisory managerial people will be filled up by project affected people, the CEO Mr Bhargava said.

NHPC plans 300 MW hydro-power joint venture projects at Sindol (Sindol I,II,III) near Dhenkanal

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Following is an excerpt from a Business Standard report.

The company plans to set up three hydro power projects with a combined capacity of 300 MW at Sindol (Sindol I,II,III) near Dhenkanal in Orissa, said the official.
    
NHPC would be the majority partner in the joint venture with 51 per cent stake and the rest 49 per cent would be held by the Orissa government.
     
Hydro power generation capacity of Orissa stands at 2065.4 MW, Hirakud (331.4 MW), Balimela (360 MW), Rengali (250 MW), Upper Kolab (320 MW), Upper Indravati (600 MW) and Machhkund (54 MW), as per government data.
     
NHPC has a current power generation capacity of 5,322 MW and the company is planning to augment this capacity to about 10,000 MW by the end of the current Five Year Plan Period (2007-12).

Note: As per an earlier report http://www.orissalinks.com/orissagrowth/archives/3423 the exact sites are in Sambalpur and Sonepur districts.

Tata Steel’s progress at Kalinga Nagar: from its facebook page

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The face book page is at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Tatasteelparivar. Following are some updates from that page.

  • July 10, 1:19 AM: Construction at Site – The construction work at the main plant site will start shortly after the rehabilitation and resettlement process is completed. But other construction work to support the main plant like Intake Well, IM Section, Fabrication Yard, Hospital and most importantly the rehabilitation colonies and camps have already started.
  • July 10, 1:22 AM
  • July 12, 12:55 AM: Plant Equipments – Orders worth Rs 6,373 crore for the equipment and civil structures have already been placed. While the equipments like Blast Furnace and Sinter Plant for the steel plant have already been received and stored in the Tata Growth Shop and Agrico at Jamshedpur and Bamnipal, the orders for Steel Melting Shop and Coke Oven have been placed.
  • July 12, 12:58 AM: Civil Structural Work – Orders of more than 1,000 crore for civil structural work has been placed.
  • 12:59 AM: Intake Well – The intake well is located at Marthapur on the bank of river Brahmani, situated about 18 kms from the main plant site. This intake well will supply water to the plant.
  • 1:00 AM: Fabrication Yard – The steel structures required for construction of different shops like steel melting shop, blast furnace etc are being fabricated at the Fabrication Yad at Jodabar. About 2200 MT of steel have already been fabricated at this unit. The members of Tata Steel Paribar after being trained are also working here.
  • 11:42 PM: I M Section – The Company is constructing two covered sheds near Duburi to store the plant and machineries required for the construction of steel plant.
  • 11:44 PM: Hospital – To extend better healthcare facilities to the people in and around Kalinga Nagar, Tata Steel is setting-up a hospital in Gobarghati rehabilitation colony. The hospital building is under construction on a land of 4 acres. When completed this hospital would serve 10,000 families with round-the-clock service, pathology lab and outdoor complex.
  • 11:44 PM: Construction at the rehabilitation and resettlement Colonies – Tata Steel has developed three rehabilitation and resettlement colonies as well as five transit camps at Kalinga Nagar to ensure smooth living of the relocated families.
  • 11:45 PM: Power to the Main Plant Site:- The Steel Plant at Orissa is a complex combination of Steel Processing technologies designed at much larger scale to improve efficiency and therefore have large demand on stability & control on operating areas including the Power generation & Distribution system.
  • 11:45 PM: The plant has been designed with three separate sources to pull in Power and increase the tolerance of the system to handle large Power requirement of Steel Plant and with only GRID source during Construction
  • 11:45 PM: The captive Power plant inside the Kalinganagar plant area fuelled by the By-product gases generated by the steel making process (CPP by Tata Power)
  • 11:46 PM: Orissa Grid from 220 kV New Duburi GSSII Sub Station.
  • 11:46 PM: Captive Coal based Power plant at Naraj Marthapur (CPP by Tata Power)
  • July 13, 5:00 AM: Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS)a non-profit organisation has been trying to bring the displaced tribal communities of Jajpur District in Orissa to the mainstream through their socio-economic development. TSRDS has helped the tribal men and women from the displaced families in health care, safe drinking water, sanitation, women empowerment, livelihood etc.
  • July 14, 2:04 AM: Logistics – The life line of a steel plant is its logistics. It is a well known fact that every single ton of steel production needs transportation of minimum 4 ton of raw material and finished goods. So right from location selection to layout design, logistics plays a vital role in planning a new mega steel plant like the Kalinganagar Steel plant in Jajpur’ Orissa.
  • 2:05 AM: Iron ore, coal (Domestic as well as imported) and imported limestone are the prime inputs for the steel plant. The Iron ore mines and main port of relevance i.e. Dhamra Port, is barely 100 KM from the plant site. For Orissa Steel Project all these sources are connected via rail linkages. Some through existing Indian Rail network and some portion is planned under captive Logistic projects.
  • 2:05 AM:  RITES had been appointed as the consultant to prepare the detail rail plan which consists of (a) The Traffic projection & Capacity calculation for the existing IR network (b) Rail alignment and Take off plan for Tata Steel’s Sidings. (c) Cost estimate of the total Project.
  • 2:06 AM:  Apart from the plant internal rail yards Orissa Project, will require a 25 KM (Route Length) captive rail connection in Mines and a 20 KM (Route length) rail connection for plant connectivity to the nearest serving rail stations (Baghuapal & Jakhapura).
  • 2:06 AM: These have been designed considering the highest operating efficiency level and zero process interruption probability. Railway Board and Zonal railway have finally accepted our comprehensive rail logistic proposal.
  • 2:57 AM: At Integrated Industrial Complex, Kalinga Nagar, Duburi, in the district of Jajpur, in Odisha, a 6 million tonnes integrated steel plant of Tata Steel is proposed to be setup. Setting up the steel plant will necessitate displacement of about 679 families of three villages, namely, Gobaraghati, Chandia and Gadapur. Tata Steel has already started providing state of the art training for the members of the displaced families and would provide employment to one member of each extended family.Tata Steel is building model rehabilitation colonies for the resettlement of the displaced population so as to provide modern basic amenities and improved living conditions.Tata Steel believes that the primary purpose of the business is to improve the quality of life of people. Each of the displaced families will be a part of the ‘Tata Steel Parivar’ which is a committed and structured approach to ensure a better quality of life for the displaced families through focused interventions.
  • July 15:  Apart from the plant internal rail yards Orissa Project, will require a 25 KM (Route Length) captive rail connection in Mines and a 20 KM (Route length) rail connection for plant connectivity to the nearest serving rail stations (Baghuapal & Jakhapura).
  • These have been designed considering the highest operating efficiency level and zero process interruption probability. Railway Board and Zonal railway have finally accepted our comprehensive rail logistic proposal.
  • Although the bulk of the Material movement for an operating steel plant is done via rail transport for all the external movement and through conveyor system for in-plant movements.
  • But road transport also plays a vital role in the operating logistics of a steel plant, due to the fact that, there is no economical means of transporting a wide variety of materials required for or generated from the operation of process plants, which needs transportation in small quantity for a short distance.
  • In addition, a significant portion of the finished goods movement is required to be transported by road vehicles only.
  • But Unlike Jamshedpur, fortunately Kalinganagar industrial area is well-connected by road. Our Plant site is flanked by Daitari- Paradip express way which got converted to NH-200 recently and on the eastern side, the state highway connects the Sukinda Mines, to our plant site.
  • A road transport planning for a steel plant includes building roadways and plant roads , parking stations, maintenance facilities, service roads, a transport circulation plan and a scientific traffic projection. All these have been done with the help of a professional organization.

Nine industrial proposals get single window clearance: Samaja

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