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Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited

Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (erstwhile Bihar State Electricity Board)
Statutory Board
Industry Electricity Generation, Electricity Transmission, Electricity Distribution
Founded 1958
Headquarters Patna, India
Area served
Products Electricity
Number of employees
14,850 (2012)
Parent Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL)
Website .in.nic.bihbsphcl

Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (or BSPHCL), also known as erstwhile Bihar State Electricity Board (or BSEB) is a state-owned electricity regulation board operating within the state of Bihar in India.[1][2] Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) was established in 1958 as a statutory corporation under the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948. As of November 2012, BSEB has nearly 1,700 officers and 14,850 employees. The derated capacity comes to just 530 MW. The BSEB was unbundeled on August 2, 2011.[3] Power Finance Corporation was the main consultant for BSEB's restructuring.[4][5]

BSEB is unbundled into 5 parts namely Bihar State Power Generation Co. Ltd. (Generation business), Bihar State Power Transmission Co. Ltd. -BSPTCL(Transmission Business),[6] North Bihar Power Distribution Co. Ltd. & South Bihar Power Distribution Co. Ltd. (both in distribution business) & Bihar State Power Holding Co. Ltd.(apex holding Company), vide Bihar State Electricity Reforms Transfer Scheme, 2012 vide notification 17 dated 30.10.2012. (reference: BERC tariff Order 15.03.2013).

Electricity generation capacity in Bihar

The installed electricity generation capacity in Bihar was 2,759 MW on August 31, 2015. This is 1% of India’s power capacity and 8% of the East India.[7] Bihar reported a peak power demand of 3,500 MW in 2014-15. The per capita power consumption in Bihar is 144 kilo watt hour (kwh), 85% lower than the all-India average of 927 kwh. Only 26% of rural households are electrified in Bihar. Peak power availability in Bihar was highest at 2,831 MW in 2014-15.[8] Bihar’s power generation is mainly dependent on thermal energy (91%), while hydro and renewable energy account for only 5% and 4%, respectively.

Thermal power plants in Bihar

Barauni Thermal Power Station

Unit No. 1, 2 & 3 of 15MW each and Unit No. 4 & 5 of 50 MW each are retired as they are very old to be maintained.[9]

Unit 6 & 7 of 110 MW each is under renovation and maintenance being executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals which also originally supplied equipments these two units.[10]

There is plan for new capacity addition of 500 MW (2x250 MW) to this plant. In March 2013, Central Government assured to provide coal linkage to Barauni Thermal Power Plant.[11]

Kanti Thermal Power Station

MTPS is located in Kanti, Muzaffarpur. It is now a joint venture of BSEB and NTPC since 2006.

Unit 1 & 2 of 110 MW originally commissioned in 1985-86 and went down in 2002-2003 are under renovation which being executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals which was also originally supplied equipments these two units. Unit-1 got renovated and is working at full capacity since November 2013.

There is plan for new capacity addition of 390 MW (2x195 MW) to this plant as part of stage-2. The stage-2 is under implementation. The plant is now renamed as George Fernandes Thermal Power Plant Station(GFTPS).[12][13]

NTPC Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station

This 2340 MW (4x210 MW, 3x500 MW) NTPC plant is located in Kahalgaon, Bhagalpur, Bihar.

NTPC Barh Super Thermal Power Plant

Around 3,300MW of coal-generated power is being added at Barh near Patna in Bihar, India. Barh has been named a mega power project, and is owned by Indian energy company NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation). The project comprises two stages. The EPC contractor for State-1 of 1,980MW (3x660 MW) is Russian firm TPE, and for Stage-2 of 1,320MW (2x660 MW) is BHEL. Stage-1 being built with equipment from TPE is delayed as TPE is asking for more money. In November, 2013, 660 MW unit of state-2 being built by BHEL got synchronised with the grid.[14] Commercial operation started in November 2014 after resolving faults.

Hydel power stations in Bihar

Koshi Hydel Power Station

Koshi Hydel Power Station which has an installed capacity of 19.2 MW (4x4.8) has been handed over to Bihar State Hydel Power Corporation on Nov 11, 2003.

Bihar Grid Company Limited

Bihar Grid Company Limited (BGCL) is a joint venture of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) and Power Grid Corporation[15] to expand and strengthen electricity transmission in Bihar.[16][17]

Power grids in Patna

  • Fatuha (150MVA)
  • Khagaul (150MVA)
  • Mithapur (100MVA)
  • Gaighat (100MVA)
  • Katra (100MVA)
  • Jakkanpur (170MVA)
  • Digha (100MVA)
  • Sipara (100MVA)

There are 45 power sub-stations.[18][19] The eight grids supply around 500MW of power to the state capital.[20]

Fraud controversy

In October 2002, BSEB detected financial irregularities worth about 1 crore in issuing materials far in excess of requirement to M/s Bihar Transmission Limited for the construction of Gaighat link line and Fatuha-Khagaul transmission line during 1993-96.

Forthcoming Power plants in Bihar

Nabinagar Supercritical Thermal Power Project

Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd(NPGCL), a 50:50 joint venture of NTPC Ltd and BSEB, is setting up the 1,980 MW (660 MW X 3)[21] Nabinagar Supercritical Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Nabinagar, Aurangabad,Bihar.[22][23][24] BHEL won a 2,854-crore contract for supply of the steam generator package for three coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with supercritical parameters.TRF Ltd, a Tata Group company, has won a 360.47-crore order from Nabinagar Power Generating Company Pvt. Ltd for designing, engineering, manufacturing, supplying, erecting, testing and commissioning of a coal handling plant for a 3 x 660MW coal-based super thermal power project coming up at Nabinagar. The coal handling plant will be designed to run at a capacity of 3,630 tonne per hour.In March 2013, Alstom was awarded a contract worth approximately $115 million by Bharat Heavy BHEL, to supply components for three units of 660 MW supercritical boilers of NPGCL.Alstom India will supply transformers for NTPC’s Supercritical Nabinagar Power Project,by winning a Rs 105 crore order that covers design, engineering, manufacture, supply, testing, erection and commissioning of generator transformers and associated power transformers and shunt reactor. The Nabingar power transformer package is due to be delivered by October 2017.[25]

Other projects

Upcoming Bihar thermal power plants

   JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt. Ltd (2 x 640 MW )
   Siriya, Distt. Banka, Bihar
   Nalanda Power (2000 MW )
   Pipranait South, BhaGAalpur District
   Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam (2 x 250 MW)
   Stage II - Kainti,
   Muzafarpur District
   Bihar State Electricity Board (2 x 250 MW)
   Barauni, District BeGusarai, BihAr
   Piranpaiti Bijilee (2 x 660 MW)
   Piranpaiti, Bhagalpur District
   Lakhisarai Bijilee (2 x 660 MW)
   Kajra, Lakhisarai District, Bihar
   Buxar Bijilee (1320 MW)
   Chausa, Buxar District, Bihar
   NTPC (2 x 660 MW)
   Barh STPS, PatNa District
  • The first private sector thermal plant in Bihar will become operational by April 2014.The first unit of (2X640MW) thermal power plant, situated near Bausa block in Banka district is being constructed by M/S JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd.
  • Central Electricity Authority has recommended setting up of Bihar's first 4,000 MW ultra mega power project at Kakwara in Banka district.
  • Bihar government has reiterated its resolution to make the state self-sufficient in power by 2015.[26][27][28]
  • The 1320X3 thermal power plants at Chausa(Buxar), Kajra and Pirpaiti(Bhagalpur) are in various stages of constructions.[29]
  • Chausa Power Plant in Buxar district is facing land acquisition related problem as of August 2014.[30] Satluj Jalvidhyut Nigam is establishing a 1230 MW thermal power unit at Chausa in Buxar district.[31]

Nuclear power plant in Nawada

Government of India has decided to reduce the capacity of the proposed nuclear power plant at Rajauli, Nawada by half.

Energy Park

Karbigahia THERMAL POWER STATion will be developed as the first-ever 'Energy Park' in Bihar.[32]

Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana

In September 2012, 43 projects of rural electrification have been sanctioned for Bihar under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • BSPHCL Operating power plants
  • BSPHCL capacy addition - ongoing and planned power plants
  • Barauni thermal Document
  • IT review on BSEB


  1. ^ Bihar gets coal block for thermal power projects The Economics Times. Retrieved July 5, 2013
  2. ^ Huge business opportunities beckon in power sector in Bihar - Economic Times
  3. ^ Bihar to take PPP route to trim T&D losses | Business Standard
  4. ^ Bseb Plan size subsidy The Times of India. Retrieved Nov 03,2012
  5. ^ high tension wires power supply power board The Times of India. Retrieved July07, 2013
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