Hyderabad: Telangana will require 84,496 million units of power by the end of March 2019. The state is generating only 45,037 MU now. The projected increase in demand is due to the Hyderabad Metro Rail, developments in Information Technology Investment Region and new lift irrigation projects, apart from rising domestic, commercial and industrial activity and the Hyderabad-Nagpur Industrial Corridor coming up.
This adds urgency to completing the projects taken up by Genco, Singareni Collieries and private power producers in a phased manner by March 2019. TS energy secretary Arvind Kumar meanwhile said that the government was on track to meet the challenge.
Solar, thermal and hydel projects are being taken up to add 24,075 MW power generation capacity by March 2019, said an official. As on date there are 1.23 crore electricity consumers in the state.
Genco has grounded projects at Manuguru, Kothagudem and Dameracherla to generate 5,880 MW. While the 1,080 MW Manuguru plant is expected to be commissioned by December 2016, Kothagudem (800 MW) and Dameracherla (4,000 MW) are scheduled to start generating power by December 2017 and December 2018 respectively.
The second stage of Genco’s Bhupalpally thermal power project will start generating power in a month or two, and the Singareni Collieries’ 1,200-MW thermal power plant will be commissioned in six months. Singareni Collieries is setting up another 600 MW unit.
Apart from that, the state will get its share of power from the central generating stations in addition to the power purchase agreement signed with Chhattisgarh for 1,000 MW.
The NTPC has started work on setting up the 4,000-MW thermal power plant at Ramagundam, which is exclusively dedicated to Telangana as per the Reorganisation Act 2014.
These new projects will give TS an additional 12,680 MW power in addition to the existing 4365 MW installed capacity of thermal, hydel and solar.
Officials said hydel capacity of 360 MW at Jurala and Pulichintala was expected to added by March 2016 or earlier.
Major additions are expected from central generating stations by 2018-19 from Kudigi, Tuticorin, Neyveli, Kalpakkam and Srikali plants.
Another 1454 MW is expected to be added from thermal power stations from outside the state, officials said.
Non-conventional energy, predominantly solar, is also expected to contribute around 7,529 million units by March 2019 which would be 8 per cent of the energy availability of the state.
The Telangana government aims at tapping 4000 MW to 4,500 MW solar energy followed by wind energy.
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