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Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station

Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station
Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station is located in India
Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station
Location of the Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station
Country India
Location Kahalgaon, Bhagalpur district of Bihar
Status Operational
Commission date 1992
Owner(s) NTPC
Power generation
Primary fuel Coal
Units operational 4 X 210 MW
3 X 500 MW
Make and model LMZ
Nameplate capacity 2,340

Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station (KhSTPP)is located in Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district of Bihar. The power plant is one of the coal based power plants of NTPC.[1] The coal for the power plant is sourced from Rajmahal Coal Fields of Eastern Coalfields Limited. Source of water for the power plant is Ganga River.


  • Capacity 1
  • Coal supply problems 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The total installed capacity of the plant is 2340 MW.

Stage Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Year of commissioning
1st 1 210 March 1992
1st 2 210 March 1994
1st 3 210 March 1995
1st 4 210 March 1996
2nd 5 500 March 2007
2nd 6 500 March 2008
2nd 7 500 June 2009
Total 2340

Coal supply problems

Two projects that were perennially short on coal through whole of last year were NTPC Ltd’s 2,340 MW Kahalgaon station in Bihar and the 2,100 MW Farakka station in West Bengal. The irony is that while Kahalgaon is located right on the pithead (at the coal mine itself, so that there is no need to transfer the coal to the plant), Farakka is not too far. And both are among stations that form the backbone of the eastern region’s generation sector. While the Farakka station has infrastructure in place to operate at over 90 per cent plant load factor, the utility is mostly operating at only 70 per cent because of the short supply of coal. The shortfall in domestic supplies is being made up by imports, which, in turn, jacks up tariffs. The problem here is that most coal reserves in the east are located in Maoist-infested areas. A senior government official says that the entire coal mining value chain in the eastern region is ridden with trade unionism and gangs who pilfer coal, especially from easy targets that include public sector firms or smaller private power producers. The head of a mid-sized state-owned generation firm has repeatedly been complaining about local Coal India employees colluding with middlemen to siphon off his fuel. “The coal mafia is strong and there is absolutely no guarantee that coal will reach the designated consumer, despite assurances from Kolkata (where Coal India is headquartered) or New Delhi,” the official says. With the coal crisis showing little sign of a resolution, despite the Prime Minister’s intervention, utilities across the country have been instructed to make design changes in all future coal-fired projects to enable higher imported coal blending. However, running power plants on imported coal involves an entirely different challenge."


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External links

  • NTPC Kahalgaon
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