Odisha's commerce and transport department has allowed the Sakhigopal Integrated Power Company (SIPCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed for executing the ultra mega power plant (UMPP), to use water from sea. The UMPP of 4,000 MW will be set up at Chandbali tahasil of Bhadrak district.
Power Finance Corporation (PFC) which is the nodal agency for implementation of UMPPs has formed the SPV.
“You are permitted provisionally to use sea water for the proposed additional ultra mega power project of 4,000 MW to be set at village Bijoypatna in Chandbali tahasil of Bhadrak district,” Digvijaya Nath Padhi, joint secretary, state commerce and transport(commerce) department wrote to the director & project in charge, SIPCL.
The letter further read that SIPCL can use the sea water subject to condition that the intake and outfall point of the plant and its pipelines should not come within the port limit and economic corridor of the Dhamra and Chudamani ports.
It may be noted that two more UMPPs in addition to SIPCL are also proposed in the state, each with capacity of 4,000 MW. The first UMPP will be established at Bhedabahal in Sundergarh district while the second UMPP will be set up at Narla under Kesinga sub-division in Kalahandi district. The state's first UMPP project at Bhedabahal entailing an investment of Rs 16,000 crore need 3,100 acres of land. The state is poised to get 1,300 MW from this UMPP. Similarly, the state will get a combined share of 4,000 MW from two UMPP projects proposed at Chandbali and Narla.
Water for the UMPP in Bhedabahal has been allocated from the Ib river and check dams and barrages would be put up on the river for this purpose. Three coal blocks namely- Meenakshi, Meenakshi-B and Dipside Meenakshi have been allotted for the UMPP with a total reserve of 880 million tonnes.