Special Correspondent

‘KPCL confident of thermal units generating installed capacity of power’

‘In the next four years there will be an increase of 4,000 MW in power generation’

GULBARGA: Managing Director of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) S.M. Jaamdar has said that the power situation in the State this year is much better compared to last year. All hydel sources have received good inflow.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Dr. Jaamdar said that the Linganamakki dam was full, compared to last year when it was filled to only 70 per cent of its capacity, thus enabling the KPCL to optimise power production. Similarly, the Kali dam was filled to 60 per cent of its capacity and the Varahi dam was 70 per cent full. Last year both dams were filled to only 20 per cent of their capacity. Mr. Jaamdar said that KPCL was confident of producing the installed capacity of power from its thermal units. Last year KPCL generated 98 per cent of the installed capacity, and this year “we will repeat the feat”.

Dr Jaamdar said the State had enough stocks of coal. A quantity of 3.5 lakh tonnes was stored at the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) and 2.5 lakh tonnes of coal was stored at the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS). He said that the 250 MW eighth unit of the RTPS would be dedicated to the nation in January 2010 along with the inauguration of the 500 MW second unit of the BTPS. Dr. Jaamdar said that there was a shortfall of around 20 per cent power, and every year there was an increase of 10 per cent in demand for power in the State. To overcome this the State Government had initiated several measures. In the next four years there would be an increase of 4,000 MW in power generation with the completion of the 500 MW third unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Plant, the 1,600 MW Yermarus Thermal Power Plant and the 800 MW Yadlapur Thermal Power Plant in Raichur district and the 1,600 MW power plant in Chhattisgarh.

He said that the Union Government had also cleared the 2,100 MW gas-based power project at Tadadi and work would begin within six months. He said Karnataka had ventured into solar-based power production and solar power plants of 3 MW each would be set up in Raichur, Kolar and Chikmagalur. Dr. Jaamdar said that as against the total demand of 9,000 MW in the normal period and 10,000 MW during the peak period, the available power was only 7,800 MW.