Bhadrachalam: The stage is set for commencing commercial thermal power generation at the Bhadradri Power Project (BPP) in Manuguru. The BPP can generate 1,080 MW power. The only obstacle is placing of coal at the site.
The BPP will require about 10,000 tonnes of coal every per day. It has signed an agreement with Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) to supply the coal.
The coal will come from the Manuguru open cast mines, 15 km from the power plant. It is proposed to lay a railway line to transport the coal to the power station. While this will save money, it will take at least 18 months to build the railway.
A team from the Union forest, environment and climate change ministry visited the site and studied the pros and cons of the proposed lin as well as details on the availability of coal.
Officials said 1.5 million to 2.1 million tonnes of coal will be available the Manuguru open cast mines.
The SCCL said to the Centre that it can produce three million tonnes of coal from OC-4. If permissions come through, BPP will commence power generation mid-July.