Hyderabad: The TS Transco successfully lit the boiler in the seventh phase of the 800MW Kothagudem thermal power station (KTPS). TS Transco and Genco chairman and managing director D. Prabhakar Rao formally lit the boiler and launched the trial power generation.
Mr Prabhakar Rao said the plant would be synchronised with the grid before March 31. The seventh phase would be the first power plant set up after the formation of Telangana state. Work was estimated to cost `5,700 crore and started on January 1, 2015. The Central Electricity Authority stipulated that the new power plants should be completed in 48 months. But KTPS was expected to achieve it much before.
Once the seventh phase bec-ame operational, captive generation available in the state would be more than 15,000 MW.
The phase would also be sett-ing a record as the only plant in the country constructed wi-th less interest. Delay would have meant the higher interest. Mr Prabhakar Rao, who also inspected the Bhadradri plant, said that by December, 17,000 MW would be available in the state.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao congratulated Mr Prabhakar Rao over phone. He felt that taking a cue from the KTPS, other plants such as Ya-dadri and Bhadradri should al-so be completed on a fast track....