The Andhra Pradesh government has received five bids for building India’s largest energy storage project. The bidders include renewable energy firms Greenko and private power transmission company Sterlite Power, a person said, requesting anonymity.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun its probe related to the police firing during the protests against Vedanta’s Sterlite Industries in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi in May this year, which led to the killing of 13 people.
Nearly a month after the police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters left 13 people dead, the copper plant’s parent firm, Vedanta Limited, has moved the Madras high court for restoration of power and permission to access the plant for carrying out maintenance work.
Protests against Vedanta’s Sesa Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant’s expansion plans and persistent pollution of air and water sources must be examined against another impending blow to environmental governance on a nationwide scale.
The Madurai branch of Madras high court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu government to explain the circumstances that forced the police to open fire on May 22, resulting in the death of 13 people during a protest in Thoothukudi, against Sterlite Industries.
If oil and gas giant BP spilt oil in the Gulf of Mexico, then-mining companies BHP Billiton and Vale contaminated the bucolic Brazilian countryside in 2015. Look around you. Mining and natural resources corporations have always been vilified for their extractive methods and windfall profits at the expense of communities and carbon footprint.
Get ready to pay more for your electrical products and pumpsets as prices and import of copper, a raw material used in making them, have gone up ever since the closure of Sterlite’s Tuticorin copper smelter on March 27 when the plant shut down for a 15-day scheduled maintenance turnaround.
While policy risks are an accepted risk in some industries, when you add political risk it makes for a more potent combination, particularly in industries that are exposed to environmental concerns
With the Madras high court on Wednesday staying expansion of the Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Thursday morning ordered cutting of power supply to the plant, located in SIPCOT industrial estate on the outskirts of the port town.
Even though the power sector is trying to recover from a mountain of debt and stalled projects, there’s significant action on the ground when it comes to building transmission infrastructure.