Kanti Thermal Power Station

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Kanti Thermal Power Station
Kanti Thermal Power Station is located in India
Kanti Thermal Power Station
Location of Kanti Thermal Power Station
Official name Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station, MTPS/KBUNL/GFTPS
Country India
Location Kanti, Bihar
Coordinates 26°04′N 85°14′E / 26.07°N 85.24°E / 26.07; 85.24Coordinates: 26°04′N 85°14′E / 26.07°N 85.24°E / 26.07; 85.24
Status Operational
Commission date 1985
Owner(s) NTPC and BSPHCL or BSEB
Operator(s) Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (KBUNL)
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Power generation
Units operational

2 X 110 MW +

2 X 195 MW
Make and model BHEL
Nameplate capacity 610 MW
7 MW ( approx)

Kanti Thermal Power Station also known as George Fernandes Thermal Power Plant Station(GFTPS)[1][2] is located in Kanti, Muzaffarpur,90 km away from Patna, the capital of the Indian state of Bihar.[3] It is managed by the Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (KBUNL), a joint venture between NTPC and BSEB Patna.[4] The majority shares of the Joint Venture Company are held by NTPC,with NTPC 64.57% and BSEB 35.43%.The plant was not been functional between 2003 and 2013,however renovation of both older units paved the way for commercial production of electricity by the end of 2013.[5]

In November 2013,Nitish Kumar said that another new 500MW power plant will be set up at Kanti.

The first 195 MW unit was commissioned by BHEL at the 2x195 MW plant in March 2015.[6][7]

The second unit of the 2 X 195 MW was commissioned on 13 June 2016.

Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station is currently having an installed capacity of 610 MW. Another 500 MW extension have been planned.


First started in 1985 ,Kanti Power Plant had an initial installed capacity of 110×2 MW. An additional capacity of 195×2 MW was erected in 2015-16. Kanti thermal Power Plant came into existence with the efforts of then MP of Muzaffarpur, George Fernandes.[8][9][10] The construction of the plant began during George's first tenure as MP of Muzaffarpur in 1978.[11] In November 2014, Kanti plant was renamed as George Fernandes Thermal Power Plant to acknowledge his contribution.[12][13] To take over Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (2*110MW), a subsidiary company named ‘Vaishali Power Generating Company Limited (VPGCL)’ with NTPC on 06/09/2006,-contributing 51% of equity; and the balance equity was contributed by Bihar State Electricity Board. The company was rechristened as ‘Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited’ on April 10, 2008.[14][15] Present equity holding is 64.57% by NTPC & 35.43% by BSEB. The company renovated and modernized the existing unit.The total cost of its renovation and modernization has been over Rs. 500 Crores.

In March 2013, the renovation work of two old units was completed.MTPS started commercial production from November 1, 2013 by sypplying 94 MW. This is first generation in 11 years since 2002.[16] On 17 April 2018, Bihar state cabinet , headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, gave its nod to handing over of Kanti Thermal Power Station to National Thermal Power Corporation.[17] On 15 May 2018, Bihar Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to hand over the thermal plant to National Thermal Power Corporation for a 33- years lease.[18][19][20]


Stage Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Date of Commissioning Status Notes
Stage-1 1 110 March 1985, recommissioned November 2013 Operational This unit went down in 2003 and then its renovation started by Bharat Heavy Electricals in April 2008 and is now running at full capacity since November 2013 [21]
Stage-1 2 110 March 1986, recommissioned November 2014 Operational This unit too is non functional since 2003 and was also renovated by Bharat Heavy Electricals.[22] But, since 14 November 2014 this unit has been functional after the renovation and modernisation work.[23][24]
Stage-2 3 195 5 May 2015 Operational The original planned capacity of the unit was 250 MW but was reduced to 195 MW Scheduled after Airport Authority of India raised concern over its chimney height.[25]

Bhel commissioned the first 195MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in India on 5 May 2015. The commissioning is the first of the two units at 390MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (TPS).[26]

Stage-2 4 195 13 June 2016 Operational Original planned capacity was 250 MW but reduced to 195 MW.[27] Total installed capacity becomes 610 MW.
Total 610

See also[edit]


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