Kozhikode

Barapol project resumes power generation

The site of the Barapol small hydroelectric project brfore it was set up at Palathumkadavu in Kannur.

The site of the Barapol small hydroelectric project brfore it was set up at Palathumkadavu in Kannur.  

The hydroelectric plant was damaged in floods last year

Power generation at the Barapol project, the first small hydroelectric project in the district, has resumed a year after it was shut down after sludge and mud following the landslips during the floods last year damaged it.

It will take a few more months to make the project, commissioned in February 2016, full-fledged as the rectification of leakage in its canal is still to be completed. Though the installed capacity of the र138 crore project developed by the Kerala State Electricity Boards in the Ayyamkunnu panchayat here bordering Karnataka is 15 Mw, only one of the three turbines of 5 Mw each had been operational till its closure after the floods.

The project was shut down after the canal that brings water to operate the turbine and the tanks for water storage had been clogged with sludge following the floods. The project envisages maximum power generation during monsoon season when the Barapuzha (Barapol) river has sufficient water to be diverted through a three km canal.

Leakage of canal

“Power generation resumed in June itself on an experimental basis, but rectification of leakage of canal in some portions is still to be done,” said G. Anil, Executive Engineer of the project. Experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, have proposed the use of high-density plastic sheet to cover the canal bed in areas where there is leakage, he said adding that the work to identify the leakage points could not be done because of the rains.

The shutdown of the power project cost the KSEB the loss of additional power generation during the last monsoon season. The project’s highest generation of power is during monsoon. It is envisaged that the additional power generated by the small projects like Barapol will serve the Idukki reservoir to save water for use during summer. The officials of the project said that after the completion of the remaining rectification works to plug the leakage, they would be able to operate the remaining two generators.

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