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55 New Coal Power Stations Under Construction In India

November 4, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

 

We’ve looked at the power mix in China, but let’s now focus on India, which accounts for 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions

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BP Energy Review

 

Last year, wind and solar only produced 7.7% of India’s electricity. Coal on the other hand provided 72.1%.

12 GW of new wind and solar capacity have been added in the last 12 months, the equivalent of 16 TWh a year.  However overall electricity consumption has been increasing at a rate of about 60 TWh a year, which means that coal generation will need to supply most of the gap..

This is a similar situation to China, where the construction of wind and solar farms cannot keep up with rising demand.

In FY 2020/21, a further 4.9 GW of thermal capacity (nearly all coal) was added, increasing existing capacity by 2%. This should generate about 30 TWh a year.

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https://cea.nic.in/thermal-projects-under-executive-progress-review/?lang=en

However, much more significantly, another 56 GW of thermal plant is currently under construction, which will increase thermal capacity by a quarter:

 

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About 10 GW of this is on track for firing up this FY:

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Half of India’s coal power plant is less then ten years old, and two thirds of capacity is super-critical or ultra super-critical technology. Clearly India will want to carry on running these for decades to come.

Premier Modi has pledged net zero by 2070, but this can be considered pie in the sky, given there is no plan as to he can achieve this.

11 Comments
  1. Mad Mike permalink
    November 4, 2021 3:37 pm

    A commitment for 5 months time can be viewed as probably genuine. A commitment for 5 years time can viewed as laudable in it’s aspiration but a bit dubious in it’s possible fulfilment. A commitment for 50 years time is laughable in it’s ambition and clear inability to follow through and achievement. The Alarmists clinging on to these long term targets is pathetic and they know it.

    In the meantime reality will be maintained by India as can be seen by their actions and near term plans.

    • magesox permalink
      November 4, 2021 3:48 pm

      I’m committing to be pushing up the daisies by 2080 and I am absolutely resolute in that commitment. Will you accept that MM?
      PS No, I’m nowhere near 20…

      • Sam Duncan permalink
        November 4, 2021 4:14 pm

        “Do not go gentle into that good night.
        Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

        Personally, I’m committed to never pushing up any daises. Whether that’s actually an achievable commitment is another matter…

      • JohnM permalink
        November 4, 2021 4:41 pm

        I plan to live for ever.

        So far, so good.

      • Penda100 permalink
        November 4, 2021 5:28 pm

        Getting old might not be much fun but it’s better than the alternative.

  2. November 4, 2021 3:43 pm

    If India wants to reduce pollution, there’s much greater areas to address than the non-pollution of CO2, e.g. road dust, which in Delhi is the largest component at 35% (have been there, saw the report), followed by diesel exhaust particulates from the huge fleet of very old trucks and buses. The road dust issue could be dealt with by resurfacing the awful roads, but that’s bitumen, i.e. oil, so the ecomentalists won’t allow that. The exhaust issue could be dealt with by good scrappage/replacement finance schemes (even if just on the engines) or possibly retrofitting recyclable/cleanable particulate filters e.g. on an exchange basis (as we do with calor gas bottles).

  3. Colin R Brooks AKA Dung permalink
    November 4, 2021 4:02 pm

    If you want to know what a true Conservative thinks about energy you should follow Ted Cruz on youtube.

  4. November 4, 2021 4:59 pm

    We know that large parts of India have little wind, because large parts have major problems with air pollution, very little of which comes from power stations. What fun to use Green Blob propaganda against the Green Blob:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/pollution-killed-nearly-17-million-people-in-india-in-2019-study

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution_in_India

  5. November 4, 2021 5:30 pm

    His 2070 date is contingent on receiving a good share $100 billion, which isn’t going to happen.

  6. Douglas Dtagonfly permalink
    November 5, 2021 12:21 pm

    Reading through the media this morning I see an article about Delhi.
    Apparently residents have been waking up to dense smog.
    The cause of this dense air pollution is not dust, vehicle emissions or coal burning.
    The sun had been shut out as a result of religious celebrations.
    Thousands if not tens of thousands of fireworks had been let off for the occasion.

  7. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    November 5, 2021 12:22 pm

    Reading through the media this morning I see an article about Delhi.
    Apparently residents have been waking up to dense smog.
    The cause of this dense air pollution is not dust, vehicle emissions or coal burning.
    The sun had been shut out as a result of religious celebrations.
    Thousands if not tens of thousands of fireworks had been let off for the occasion.

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