New projects to make Tamil Nadu power surplus by 2012

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SummaryThe power-starved state of Tamil Nadu, which had not commissioned any major power project after 1996, has lined up a slew of power projects for over 14,000 mw generation capacity in public and private sectors.

The power-starved state of Tamil Nadu, which had not commissioned any major power project after 1996, has lined up a slew of power projects for over 14,000 mw generation capacity in public and private sectors. These projects are expected to make the state power sufficient by 2011 and power surplus after 2012. Tamil Nadu presently has an installed capacity of over 10,000 mw and faces 1,500 mw power deficit affecting industrial and domestic consumers.

The new power projects for over 11,500 mw in public sector and 2,500 mw in private sector are at different stages of implementation. The first unit of the 2,000-mw Kudankulam atomic power project is also close to the stage of being commissioned. There will also be over 4,000-mw installed capacity in renewable sector with over 3,000 mw from wind turbines alone, followed by biomass, co-generation and others.

Of the thermal projects, about 6,000 mw would be commissioned in 2010-11 by the public sector power companies as joint ventures with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), state electricity minister Arcot N Veerasamy said in the sate assembly.

It includes 1,200-mw expansion of North Chennai and 600-mw expansion of Mettur thermal stations, TNEB-National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) joint venture 1500-mw Vallur thermal project, TNEB-Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) joint venture 1600-mw Udangudi super critical thermal power project and TNEB- Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) 1000-mw joint venture at Tuticorin. He said the first 1,000 mw unit of the Kudankulam atomic power project was scheduled to go on stream in December 2009.

The work on 1,000-mw Vallur thermal power project attracting nearly Rs 5423 crore is at the stage of progress. Its capacity can be expanded by another 500 mw. NTPC and TNEB have floated a 50:50 joint venture company - NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd for the coal-based thermal power project. It is the first NTPC project in Tamil Nadu though it supplies 1,492 mw to the state from Ramagundam in Andhra Pradesh and Kayamkulam in Kerala. The unit-1 at Vallur would be ready by November 2010 and the later by March 2011. The

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