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Mundra – Ultra Mega Power project, India

Project Title: Grid connected energy efficient power generation
Status: Registered
Ref #: 2716
Project
Methodology:
Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for new grid connected fossil fuel fired power plants using a less GHG intensive technology – ACM0013 ver. 2

Listed credit buyer:  unidentified (France’s letter of approval is still valid)
Total issued carbon credits to date:   606.306  CERs

Mundra and life

Gulf of Kutch India

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Located in the state of Gujarat, India the Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project (CDM Project title ‘2716: Grid connected energy efficient power generation’) is a 1320 megawatt (MW) power project  comprising of two 660MW units, registered under the CDM.

The Mundra project is the first supercritical project that was registered under the CDM, on 16 December 2009. This coal plant provides power for the port and associated industrial park that, spanning over 100 square kilometers in the largest economic development zone in India.

The Mundra project is awarded carbon credits based on flawed CDM crediting rules that allow significant over-crediting. The CDM Executive Board suspended the crediting methodology for these projects (ACM0013) in late 2011. However, projects registered before that date, such as the Mundra project are still using the old – flawed – methodology.

Concerns about both, additionality concerns as well as negative impacts on the local ecosystems were raised early for ‘Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project‘. In addition to carbon dioxide, coal plants emit large amounts of air pollutants including: sulfur dioxide, which contributes to acid rain; nitrous oxide, a precursor to ozone that harms human health and also contributes to global warming; and other toxic air pollutants including mercury and fly ash. Yet the environmental, human health, and social harms are nowhere discussed in the report. This type of superficial treatment of the impacts of the project environment and local stakeholders further risks undermining the legitimacy of CDM projects.

Ultimately, however, the folly lies not in the inaccuracies in the case of the Mundra project or flaws in the methodology itself, but rather in the very notion of devoting scarce CDM funds to construct new coal plants that will spew greenhouse gases for the next 25 years.

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According to the PDD

The proposed project activity envisages generation of steam at super-critical conditions (at boiler outlet the team temperature will be 5710C and pressure will be 25.4 MPa(g)). Subsequently power will be generated by the use of condensing type steam turbine. As steam is generated under super-critical conditions, the efficiency of steam generation will be significantly higher than that of the conventional sub-critical technology. Higher steam generation efficiency and hence higher efficiency of the overall power generation cycle will result in lower specific coal (i.e.fossil fuel) consumption.

Identified shortcomings

•  Like all other ACM00013 projects, 2716 is non-additional and only undermines genuine climate progress. The Mundra project is awarded carbon credits based on flawed CDM crediting rules that allow significant over-crediting. The CDM Executive Board suspended the crediting methodology for these projects (ACM0013) in late 2011. However, projects registered before that date, such as the Mundra project are still using the old – flawed – methodology. Read more…
•  Local stakeholder consultation flawed – Local stakeholders were provided with little or no notice of their opportunity to comment on the proposed project.

What we are calling for:

•  Coal fired power projects must stop receiving climate finance immediately! Read more…

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