Pm News Bureau                                                                                                                                                                                       Friday, February 08, 2013, 14:57 Hrs  [IST]

Proposals for environmental clearance of thermal power projects dependent on domestic coal supply from the basket of mines of Coal India Limited/Singareni Collieries Company Limited with valid environmental and forest clearances would be considered provided information on coal quality parameters such as calorific value, sulphur content and ash content in respect of the mines in the basket are given in the Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Management Plan report, the Ministry of Environment and Forests recently clarified through an office memorandum.

In case of proposals for environmental clearance of imported coal-based ultra mega thermal power projects, according to the office memorandum, the quality parameters of imported coal such as gross calorific value (Kcal/Kg – 5000 minimum), ash content (12 percent maximum) and sulphur content (0.8 percent maximum) would be taken in to consideration. The validity of the environmental clearance granted is subject to compliance with the coal quality parameters. Also, it would be necessary to provide details in the EIA/EMP report with regard to the port for import of coal including its coal handling capacity, details of transportation of coal from the port to the thermal power plant by road or rail and availability of railway rolling stock. Proposals for setting up port, jetty or any other coal handling facility as well construction of roads and laying of railway lines also need to be covered in the EIA/EMP report of the thermal power plant.

As on January 31st, 2013, a total of 14 thermal power projects were pending before the MoEF for environmental clearance. Of the pending thermal power projects, as many as five are based in Madhya Pradesh. The other projects are located in Orissa (2), Uttar Pradesh (2), Tamil Nadu (2), Maharashtra (1), Karnataka (1) and Chhattisgarh (1).

Courtesy: project monitor