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Updated: January 31, 2014 13:17 IST

CIAL to be power neutral in two years

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CIAL has already identified a two-mw project in Urumbini in Pathanamthitta district.
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CIAL has already identified a two-mw project in Urumbini in Pathanamthitta district.

Cochin International Airport would achieve self-sufficiency in power in two years, said Managing Director of the company V. J. Kurien on Thursday.

He was cited in a press statement issued by CIAL here that the airport currently required 48,000 units per day and that the power requirement of the airport would go up to 1,10,000 units once the new international terminal was commissioned.

Mr. Kurien expressed confidence that CIAL would be able to generate all of its power requirement by 2016 through solar and hydro-electric projects.

CIAL has already identified a two-mega watt project in Urumbini in Pathanamthitta district.

Mr. Kurien said the first goal of CIAL was to achieve self-sufficiency in power and later would contribute the surplus power to the Kerala State Electricity Board grid.

He said though CIAL had won several bids for small power projects in the State, the government had had not been in a position to take decision.

CIAL is the country’s first green field airport that came up in the public-private partnership model. The terminal will have a total built-up area of 15 lakh square foot. A one-mw solar power generation system is one of its notable ventures.

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CIALs power requirement was so small that it was wasteful to go into
power generation. A daily consumption of 110000 units translates to an
installed capacity of 6 MW of thermal power at a load factor of 80
percent or 10 MW of hydel power at 45 percent load factor. These were
miniscule in size to be viable. Solar power was expensive and wasteful
as it requires an investment of Rs 10 cr per MW and had a capacity
utilisation of 18 percent only. Therefore to be able to generate 110000
units per day by solar power one required an investment of Rs 250-300
cr. Yet for meeting the power during the night it has to trade off its
power with conventional power generated elsewhere. Kerala state has not
added any power capacity in the past few years. The cheapest solution
was for KSEB to put up a coal based unit in Orissa or MP and bring it
to the state through the national grid. The state has not taken any
action so far to use the coal block allotted to it. It was for KSEB to
meet CIAL needs.

from:  C S Jacob
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 06:01 IST
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