Power Plant News in India Latest Current Affairs 2024

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Welcome to the blog post titled “Power Plant News in India Latest Current Affairs 2024.” In this dynamic landscape of energy production and sustainability, staying updated with the latest developments in power plants and projects is essential.

Explore the most recent advancements, agreements, and initiatives that are shaping the future of power generation. From groundbreaking hydroelectric ventures to innovative renewable energy projects, we’ll bring you insights into the noteworthy undertakings that are making headlines this year. Explore the intriguing world of power plants and projects that are driving progress and transforming the energy sector in 2024.

This subject holds significance not only in the realm of current affairs but also plays a crucial role in the context of Indian Geography, as it provides updated information about the power plants in India.

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Power Plant News in India 2024 (January to December)

March 2024

  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India Limited’s Talabira Thermal Power project in Sambalpur district, Odisha, valued at Rs. 27,000 crore.
  • The 800 MW Unit 2 of NTPC’s Telangana Super Thermal Power Project was inaugurated by PM Modi in Peddapalli district.
  • NTPC Limited inaugurated several power sector projects, including Unit 2 of the North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand, a Fly Ash Based Light Weight Aggregate Plant in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, and a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Water to Green Hydrogen Plant at NTPC NETRA Campus in Greater Noida.
  • PM Modi laid the foundation stone for various power projects, including the Singrauli Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-III in Sonebhadra district, Uttar Pradesh, and a Flue gas CO2 to 4G Ethanol Plant at Lara Super Thermal Power Station in Chhattisgarh.
  • SJVN Limited commissioned its Raghanesda Solar Power Station in Banaskatha district, Gujarat, with a capacity of 100 MW.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) received an order from NTPC Limited to set up the Singrauli thermal power project (Stage-III) in Sonebhadra District, Uttar Pradesh, with a total capacity of 1600 MW.
  • SJVN Limited received an order for the development of Solar Power Projects of capacity 1,352 MW in Maharashtra under the Mukhya Mantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana 2.0.
  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Dibang Multipurpose Hydropower Project of NHPC Limited in the Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh, with a total capacity of 2880 MW.

February 2024

  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India Limited’s Talabira Thermal power project, valued at Rs. 27,000 crore, in Sambalpur district, Odisha.
  • The 3rd unit of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Plant, with a capacity of 800 MW, is set to be established in Yamunanagar, Haryana.
  • India and Russia have signed an agreement for cooperation in constructing additional nuclear reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site in Tamil Nadu.
  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of NLC India Limited Barsingsar Solar Project, with a total capacity of 300 MW, near Barsingsar Thermal Power Station in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
  • Two new Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) were inaugurated by PM Modi at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) Unit 3 and Unit 4.
  • SJVN Limited commenced commercial operation of its 50 MW Gujrai Solar Power Station in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated NTPC’s Lara Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-I (2×800 MW) and laid the foundation stone of Stage-II (2×800 MW) in Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh.
  • SJVN Limited commissioned its Raghanesda Solar Power Station in Banaskatha district, Gujarat, with a total capacity of 100 MW.

January 2024

  • Reliance Power sells its 1,200 MW Kalai II hydroelectric project for Rs 128.39 crore to THDC India Limited, located in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • NHPC Limited announces a ₹4,000 crore investment in the proposed 750 MW Kuppa Pumped Hydro Storage Project, situated in Gujarat.
  • The 850 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project in Jammu & Kashmir diverts the Chenab River through diversion tunnels at Drabshalla.

Power Plant News in India 2023 (January to December)

November-December 2023

  • Recently, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated the world’s largest single-site solar power plant “Al Dhafra Solar Farm”. Its total capacity is 1 Gigawatts.
  • Recently, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Electricité de France S.A., France (EDF) for cooperation on the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant Project in Maharashtra.

Maitree Super Thermal Power Project highlights:

  • Implemented through an Indian Concessional Financing Scheme loan totalling USD 1.6 billion.
  • Situated in Rampal, Khulna Division, Bangladesh, it features a 1320 MW (2×660) Super Thermal Power Plant.
  • Oversight by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Private) Limited, a collaboration between India’s NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
  • The first unit was jointly unveiled by both prime ministers in September 2022, with the second unit inaugurated subsequently.

October 2023

  • The first 800 MW unit of phase 1 of the Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli was dedicated by the Prime Minister of India.
  • The Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of 100% shareholding in Lanco Amarkantak Power Limited by PFC Projects Limited, REC Limited, SJVN Limited, and Damodar Valley Corporation.
  • NLC India Limited won an 810 MW Solar PV project capacity from Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Nigam Limited.
  • NLC India Limited (NLCIL) plans to set up a 3 X 660 MW thermal power plant in Ghatampur near Kanpur.
  • Solar Energy Corporation Of India surpassed the milestone of 50 GW aggregate capacity of agreements signed under Power Sale Agreements (PSAs).
  • Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) and Biogas Plants registered on the GOBARdhan Portal are eligible for financial assistance under the Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme of the Department of Fertilizers.
  • The board of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) approved joint ventures with EverEnviro Resource Management Pvt Ltd and GPS Renewables Pvt Ltd for setting up compressed biogas (CBG) plants.

September 2023

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a loan to “Fourth Partner Energy” to build a solar power facility in Tamil Nadu.
  • KJ George inaugurated the country’s first underground power transformer in Bengaluru.
  • The world’s first flex-fuel, ethanol-powered car has been launched in India by “Toyota.”
  • Recently, the “Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)” has partnered with Tata Power to finance Solar Rooftop Initiatives for MSMEs.
  • India aims to achieve 500 GW of renewable energy before the 2030 deadline, as stated by Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh at the ‘India Energy Summit 2023’ in New Delhi.

August 2023

  • Union Minister R. K. Singh inaugurated the 660 MW unit of NTPC’s Barh Super Thermal Power Project in the state of Bihar.
  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) signed an MOU with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to achieve the target of ₹4,350 crores during the financial year 2023-24.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has started the 1st trial run of a Hydrogen Bus in Leh.
  • Japan has begun its discharge of treated wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) manufactured the first set of indigenous Selective Catalysts to reduce Nitrogen oxide emissions from thermal power plants.
  • India’s first indigenously developed nuclear reactor at Kakrapar Power Plant is located in the state of Gujarat.

July 2023

  • Adani Group hands over 1,600 MW Godda power plant to Bangladesh; constructed in Jharkhand.
  • India’s inaugural 700 MW nuclear reactor at Kakrapar Atomic Power Project commences operations; located in Gujarat.
  • Uttar Pradesh Cabinet greenlights Rs 18,000 crore “Obra D” thermal power projects, totalling 800MW, in Sonbhadra district.

June 2023

  • The Shanan hydropower project, in the news recently, is situated in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Pakistan has inked a $4.8 billion agreement with China for the construction of a 1,200-megawatt nuclear power plant known as the “Chashma 5 project.”
  • Recently, the Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has initiated a “Solar City Project” in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • NHPC Limited has signed an MoU for the development of the Phukot Karnali Hydro Electric Project (480MW) in Nepal.
  • India and the US have fast-tracked talks to set up six nuclear reactors as part of the Kovvada nuclear project in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district by American power giant Westinghouse Electric Company.

April-May 2023

  • India has unveiled its intentions to establish a significant geothermal power plant in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant, making headlines recently, is a proposed nuclear power facility in Maharashtra.
  • Recently, the state of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to sign an agreement with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited for the development of five hydropower projects with a combined installed capacity of 2,820 MW.
Among these projects, Naying (1,000 MW) and Hirong (500 MW) will be handed over to NEEPCO, while Emini (500 MW), Amulin (420 MW), and Minundon (400 MW) will be developed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited.
  • Recently, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has announced plans to set up an ethanol plant in Una district, Himachal Pradesh, on 30 acres of land with a Rs 500 crore investment.

March 2023

  • The 480 MW semi-reservoir “Phukot Karnali Hydropower Project,” featured in recent news, is a proposed project in Nepal.
  • The company that has commissioned its 5,000 MW green energy corridor project “Lakadia-Vadodara Transmission Project Limited” in Gujarat is Sterlite Power.
  • The company that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Army for setting up green hydrogen projects at army establishments is NTPC Renewable Energy Limited.
  • NHPC Limited, India, has been permitted by Nepal to conduct a study of the 450 MW Seti River-6 Hydropower Project.
  • The state that has recently announced plans to set up a 120 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant in Rokhia funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is Tripura.

February 2023

  • North India’s first Nuclear Plant is being constructed in Haryana.
  • Recently, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed a MoU with Engineers India Limited to develop waste-to-energy and bio-methanation projects in cities with a population of one million plus.
  • The proposed Bokang-Baling Hydroelectric Project, against which residents of Pithoragarh district’s Dharchula town in Uttarakhand protested, will be built on the Dhauliganga River.
  • The country that has approved a $442 million wind power project by Adani Green Energy is Sri Lanka.

January 2023

  • Luminous Power Technologies has announced the construction of India’s first green energy-based solar panel manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Mahanadi Coalfields Limited has announced plans to set up a Rs 12,000 crore coal-based power plant in Odisha.
  • NHPC Limited has submitted the pre-feasibility report (PFR) for India’s largest hydropower project, the “Upper Siang Multipurpose Storage Project,” in Arunachal Pradesh, with a total electricity generation capacity of 11 GW.
  • The Etalin hydroelectric power project in Arunachal Pradesh has been scrapped in its present form.
  • Northern India’s largest floating solar power project of 2000 kWp has been inaugurated in Chandigarh.
  • “25 MW Kabeli B-1” and “20 MW Lower Modi Khola” hydroelectric projects, recently featured in the news, are in Nepal.
  • Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) has received the “letter of award” (LoA) for setting up a 255 MW hybrid (wind and solar) power project in Karnataka.
  • President Droupadi Murmu virtually inaugurated the transmission system for solar energy zones in Rajasthan and laid the foundation stone for the 1,000 MW Bikaner solar power project.
  • India’s first green hydrogen blending project has been commissioned in the piped natural gas (PNG) network of NTPC Kawas township, which is located in Gujarat.
  • The investment for the 382 MW Sunni Dam Hydro Electric Project in Himachal Pradesh by SJVN Limited has been approved. It will be built over the Satluj River.
  • NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL) has signed a MoU with Tripura for the development of Floating and Ground Mounted Renewable Energy Projects.
  • The company that has signed a MoU with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to start a biogas demonstration project is Suzuki Motor Corporation.

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