Bangalore, Jan 4 (IANS) Energy deficit Karnataka Tuesday signed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Tamil Nadu-based Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) for 1,000 MW to meet its growing demand for power.
The state-run Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) also tied up with Srinivasa Gayithri Resource Recovery Ltd, a city-based renewable energy developer, to use 8 MW generated from an integrated waste-to-energy power plant in Bangalore in association with the civic agency Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) under public-private partnership.
NTPC will supply 600 MW to Karnataka as its share from the 4,000 MW (5×800 MW) regional mega coal-based thermal plant in Visakhapatnam district in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Similarly, NLC will supply 400 MW to the state from its upcoming 1,980 MW(3×660 MW) coal-based thermal power project at Sirkali in Nagapattinam district
“We have taken up a huge capacity expansion programme to reduce energy deficit in the state, as growing demand is outstripping supply,” state Minister for Power Shobha Karandlaje said on the occasion in the presence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
KPCL has planned 9,000 MW of new projects, which are likely to be commissioned by 2014-15 at an investment of Rs.35,000 crore.
In addition, the state government is purchasing about 1,000 MW per month through bid route on short, medium and long-term basis to reduce power cuts and ensure quality power to industrial, commercial, housing and agricultural segments across the state.
“We have added 2,660 MW of power generation capacity during the past two years, with KPCL contributing 980 MW and the remaining 1,080 MW from cogeneration and windmills,” Yeddyurappa said.
The state witnessed the highest peak demand of 7,634 MW in December, with 155.85 million units on Dec 30, a record till date.
Touted to be the first of its kind, the waste-to-energy project is being set up at Manduru village on the outskirts of the city, at a cost of Rs.80 crore, with Rs.5-crore subsidy from the central ministry of renewable energy.
BBMP will supply about 1,000 tonnes of solid waste per day generated from a city of seven million denizens.
The company is constructing landfill cells for scientific disposal of the inerts after processing the solid waste. It will also produce organic manure (compost) as a by-product of the power plant.
Karnataka signs three PPAs for 1008 MWs
Bangalore, Jan 4 (PTI): Karnataka government on Tuesday signed three Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 1008 MWs, including a path-breaking ”waste-to-energy” project.
The PPAs with NTPC, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC) and Srinivasa Gayithri Resource Recovery Ltd were inked in the presence of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje and senior officials.
NTPC is setting up a 4000 MWs regional mega coal-based thermal power plant at Pudimadakka in Andhra Pradesh’s Vishakapatnam district in which Karnataka’s share is 600 MWs.
Karnataka’s share is 400 MWs in the 1,980 MWs coal-based thermal power project, to be set up by NLC at Sirkali in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. “The state is likely to get power from these units in about four years,” Yeddyurappa said at the signing ceremony. On the “waste-to-energy” power project at Manduru village in Bangalore East Taluk, he said this is the first and only plant (8 MW) — being set up by Srinivasa Gayithri Resource Recovery — in the entire country to be given subsidy by the Union Ministry of Renewable Energy.
“If this plant is successful, government would actively encourage setting up more such plants which would effectively handle and dispose municipal solid waste in an environment-friendly and sustainable manner,” Yeddyurappa said.
Officials said the cost of the waste-to-power project is Rs 80 crore. Srinivasa Gayithri Resource Recovery has entered into an agreement with Bruhat Bangalrore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to implement the project under which the company would receive 1000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. Yeddyurappa said in the past two years, the government has added 2,660 MWs of generation to the State grid.
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