Published On:December 18 2017
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CRZ nod for Udangudi coal jetty extended.

The Environmental Assessment Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has extended the validity of the Environmental and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance given to the captive coal jetty of the Udangudi super critical thermal power project in Thoothukudi.

A CRZ clearance was obtained in 2011 for a captive coal jetty with pipe conveyor system for the coal logistics required for the 2x800 MW power plant.

Subsequently, an amendment to the EC was obtained changing the capacity of the plants to 2x660 MW in April 2017.

Tangedco then approached the EAC for extension of validity for the CRZ clearance.

However, Tangedco in its presentation to the EAC, said that “no activity has been taken up for the jetty, pipe conveyor, cooling water intake / outfall.”

It explained that the land acquired for the project is 1,040 acres and sea water is proposed to be used for cooling water and the plants’ water requirements.

“Total ash [both flyash and bottom ash] generated will be 0.35 million tonnes per annum utilising coal with ash content of 8% (and) 100% ash utilitisation is proposed,” it said.

The cost of the project is ₹1,787.70 crore and the project with the integrated captive jetty will give direct employment to more than 550 persons, Tangedco submitted.

The power utility also informed the EAC that the project is expected to improve power availability in Tamil Nadu.

The EAC, after deliberations on the submissions made by the Tangedco, recommended the extension of the validity of the CRZ and environmental clearance by three years.

The extension given to the approval is valid till June 5, 2021.

THE HINDU


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