Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station

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Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant
LocationUnchahar, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates25°54′52″N 81°19′36″E / 25.91444°N 81.32667°E / 25.91444; 81.32667Coordinates: 25°54′52″N 81°19′36″E / 25.91444°N 81.32667°E / 25.91444; 81.32667
Commission date1988
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Units operational5
Nameplate capacity1550.00 MW


Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant is located at Unchahar in Raebareli district in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[1] The power plant is one of the coal based power plants of NTPC Limited.[2] In the year 1992, Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board (U.P.S.E.B.) transferred Unchahar Thermal Power Station to NTPC Limited against payment overdue and later on renamed it to Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant by NTPC Limited.


Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant has an installed capacity of 1,550 megawatts (2,080,000 hp), inclusive of Fourth Stage, that got operational in April 2017. The First unit was commissioned in November 1988. The coal for the plant is derived from North Karanpura Coalfield. The water source is from Sarda Sahyak Canal.[3]

Installed capacity[edit]

Stage Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Date of Commissioning Status
First 1 210 1988 November Running
First 2 210 1989 March Running
Second 3 210 1999 January Running
Second 4 210 1999 October Running
Third 5 210 2006 September Running
Fourth 6 500 2017 April Running[4]

2017 Boiler explosion[edit]

A massive explosion ripped a boiler at National Thermal Power Limited (NTPC) Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district on Wednesday, 1 November 2017, killing at least 25 people and injuring nearly 100. The casualties have risen to 32 by Friday. Doctors warned the toll was likely to rise as more than a dozen contractual laborers were battling for life with more than 90 percent burn wounds.[5]

In what is one of the worst industrial disasters in eight years (after Jaipur's India Oil fire in 2009), local emergency response was overwhelmed with the scale of disaster. Help was sought from neighboring town and cities including Lucknow and Allahabad. Almost all the injured have been transferred to hospitals in state capital, Lucknow for better treatment.[6]


  1. ^ "Power Generation". ntpc.co.in. National Thermal Power Corporation.
  2. ^ "Coal Based Power Stations". ntpc.co.in. National Thermal Power Corporation.
  3. ^ "Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant". ntpc.co.in. National Thermal Power Corporation.
  4. ^ "BHEL commissions 500 MW unit of NTPC's plant in UP". dnaindia.com. 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Death toll from NTPC accident increasing. Now 32 dead". theindependent.in. 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Major Industrial Accident kills 25 in Uttar Pradesh". theindependent.in. 2 November 2017.