Five North Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi will buy electricity from the Khurja power plant. Image courtesy of Kreuzschnabel.
Khurja power plant will use coal from Amelia coal mines in Madhya Pradesh. Image courtesy of Tim Ellis.

Khurja power plant is a 1,320MW coal-fired power plant planned to be built at Khurja in the Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh, India.

The project is being developed by Tehri Hydro Development Corporation India (THDC India), a joint venture of the Government of India and the provincial Government of Uttar Pradesh, with an estimated investment of Rs126.76bn ($1.84bn).

The power plant will consist of two 660MW supercritical coal-based power generation units.  Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2018, upon taking the final investment decision. The first unit is expected to be commissioned in 2022, followed by the second unit in 2023.

Khurja power plant development

THDCIL, the Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), and UP Power Corporation signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the implementation of the project in December 2010.

Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) allotted approximately 2,100 acres of land for the power plant in September 2011.

The Ministry of Coal of the Government of India allotted Amelia coal mine in Madhya Pradesh to supply coal to the Khurja power plant in August 2016.

The project received the environmental clearance in March 2017. As of June 2018, the site office for the project was functional, while construction of three helipads and the shifting of three villages from the plant area were in progress.

Khurja power plant make-up

Khurja coal-fired power station will comprise two 660MW steam turbines, two 2,120 ton per hour (tph) supercritical boilers and a 2,800tph coal handling plant with 21 days storage capacity.

The plant’s turbines will operate with 247kg/cm² throttle steam pressure and up to 565oC steam temperature. The turbine speed will be 3,000rpm, while the frequency will vary between 47.5Hz and 51.5Hz.

The boilers will be designed to operate at 256kg/cm² pressure and 568oC temperature.

Other infrastructure will include closed-cycle cooling towers with a circulation rate of 144,000m³/hr of water, three demineralisation plants with a circulation rate of 90m³/hr, a reverse osmosis (RO) system with a circulation rate of 250m³/hr,  and a twin 275m-high flue stack.

Further, the plant will be fitted with electrostatic precipitators, and flue gas desulfurisation and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for emissions control.

Khurja thermal power plant will use water from the Upper Ganga Canal located 8km away from the project site.

Coal supply

The daily coal requirement for the power plant is estimated to be 16,300t, which will be sourced from Amelia coal mines.

The coal will be transported via railway sidings from the Danwar railway station, which is located 5km away from the project site.

Power purchase agreement for Khurjia power plant

THCDIL signed separate power purchase agreements (PPA) for the offtake of entire electricity from Khurja thermal power plant with five Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, in 2010 and 2011.

UP alone will purchase 60% of the plant’s total electricity output.


Electricity generated by the Khurjia power plant will be evacuated through 400kV transmission lines by Power Grid Corporation, India’s state-owned electric utility.

Contractors involved with Khurja power project

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was awarded a contract worth Rs998m ($14.52m) for providing consultancy services related to pre-award activities, detailed engineering and project management of the Khurja power project, in November 2017.

RITES, a state-owned engineering consultancy company, prepared the detailed project report for the railway siding of the project.

Mantec Consultants prepared the final environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the project.