Signs of water shortage in power sector have started to surface – Is it getting ignored?
Parli thermal power station shut down due to water crisis. Feb 18, 2013 – The Times of India.
MNS attack Indiabulls power plant at Amravati Maharashtra over water supply March 25, 2013 – Headlines Today.
NTPC reels under water shortage March 05, 2013 – The Hindu
Growing water scarcity could hit power projects in India, world: IEA November 12, 2012 – India Water Review
Raichur Thermal Power Station continues to face water crisis April 28, 2012 – The Times of India.
NTPC’s Sipat project on a dry patch as Chhattisgarh govt holds back water April 28, 2012 – The Times of India
Reliance Power Solar-Thermal Plant Stalled by Water Delay May 13, 2013 – CSP World
Why Should the Industry worry? No Water, No Power!
Water in a coal-based power plant is heated and turned into steam for power. Power plants require a substantial amount of water for cooling purposes and for operations. But nearly two-thirds of India’s power plants are located in water-scarce or water-stressed areas. And nearly 80 percent of the plants planned for the future will be located in such areas. This conflict illustrates the importance of taking water related risks into account when planning future developments. Huge investments are at risk.
Over 80% of the new power capacities are planned in water stresses areas
- Most of the thermal power plants in India lie in the water stressed areas and in a need to suffice this need they could create imbalance on a social front where drinking water could take a hit to meet growing demand for water by the power plant
- Water supply to the existing plants and the new ones to come is likely to be a very big challenge as there is uncertainty associated to sustainable supply of the resource
- Every 1 MW of thermal power plant requires over 33,000 m3 of water / year. For sure over 200 GW of thermal capacity seen by 2020 would witness water shortage