Barh Super Thermal Power Station

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Barh Super Thermal Power Station
Barh Super Thermal Power Station.jpg
As seen from NH 30
Barh Super Thermal Power Station is located in Bihar
Barh Super Thermal Power Station
Location of the Barh Super Thermal Power Station
Country India
Location Barh, Bihar
Coordinates 25°29′11.4″N 85°44′42.6″E / 25.486500°N 85.745167°E / 25.486500; 85.745167Coordinates: 25°29′11.4″N 85°44′42.6″E / 25.486500°N 85.745167°E / 25.486500; 85.745167
Status Operational
Construction began 1999
Commission date October 2013
Owner(s) NTPC
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Power generation
Units operational 5 X 660 MW
Make and model Technopromexport (TPE)
Nameplate capacity 3,300 MW

Barh Super Thermal Power Station or NTPC Barh is located in Barh in the Indian state of Bihar.[1] [2][3] NTPC Barh is located barely four kilometres east of the Barh sub-division on National Highway-31 in Patna district. The project has been named a mega power project, and is owned by Indian energy company National Thermal Power Corporation.

The 1,980MW (3x660 MW) Barh Stage-1 is being built by Russian firm Technopromexport (TPE), and 1,320MW (2x660 MW) Barh Stage-2 extension is being built by BHEL.

Bihar's share is 1183 MW from NTPC Barh(26% from stage 1 and 50% from stage 2).[4][5][6]

The main power plant and the township is spread over an area of 1,186 acres.The legal possession of 1,186 acres of land has been acquired for setting up the main power plant and its township which includes 12 villages.

The then PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had laid the foundation stone of the main plant of stage-1 of NTPC Barh on March 6, 1999. The formal inauguration of its site office and laying of the foundation stone of the training centre at the plant site was done in September 2003.[7] Former Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had inaugurated the main plant house of stage-2 of NTPC Barh on May 29, 2006.

Project Cost[edit]

The plant is to produce 3,300MW of power at a cost of over Rs 26,000 crore.[4][8] The total approved cost of stage-1 (660MWx3) has Rs 8,692.97 crore. The total approved cost of stage-2 (unit 1) plant is Rs 7,688.12 crore.


Unit-1 of stage-2 commissioned in November 2013.[9] Sikkim and West Bengal were allocated some share of power from NTPC Barh units.[10]

Inland Waterways Authority of India received bids in 2013 September for coal movement on 1620 km National Waterway 1 (India) from Haldia to NTPC's Barh which is about 1000 km away.[11]

Stage Unit Number Capacity (MW) EPC Contractor Date of Commissioning Status
1st 1 660 Technopromexport Delayed as Technoproexport is saying it has entered a loss-making contract and is asking for $570 million before it can fulfil its obligation to which NTPC objected.[12]
2 660 Technopromexport Delayed
3 660 Technopromexport Delayed
2nd 4 660 Bharat Heavy Electricals 2013 November Commissioned in 2013 November but commercial production yet to start as there are technical issue of multiple tube leakage which is yet to be resolved as of April 2014.[13] This is the first 660 MW unit supplied by BHEL.[14] Commercial operation starts in Nov 2014 after resolving faults.[15]
5 660 Bharat Heavy Electricals 2015 March Running [16]
Total Five 3300


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  2. ^ Chaudhary, Pranava K. (30 January 2014). "Bihar to get 5k MW by 2015". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ Bhaskar, Uptal (2014-01-06). "TPE, Power Machines delay Barh project in Bihar". The Wall Street Journal. Live Mint. H T Media. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ a b Roshan, Rakesh (2012-11-25). "50% allocation from Barh NTPC phase-II project". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Power generation to be doubled to 4,000MW by next year: Nitish Kumar". Economic Times. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. PTI. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  6. ^ Jayanta Gupta (2013-10-05). "Haldia back in business, records 26% growth". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  7. ^ Chaudhary, Pranava K. (2008-08-09). "Barh thermal power project finally gets underway". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  8. ^ Our Special Correspondent (2012-05-22). "CM sets off Barh countdown". The Telegraph, Calcutta. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  11. ^ Santanu Sanyal (2013-09-12). "IWAI receives bids for coal movement for NTPC's Barh project". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  13. ^ "Digha grid goes kaput, west Patna 'power' less". The Times of India. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
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