Projects Info | 04-10 August, 2008


Kakatiya Thermal Power Project

Short Circuit

The power scenario in the country is grim and the optimism to solve the power shortages problem is dying down with the masses and industries experiencing increased hours of load shedding day-in and day-out across all the States, including the so called developed cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi and others. The ‘Power for all by 2012’ slogan of the Government of India appears to be a daunting task as most of the projects which have been announced so far has not made much headway. Most of these projects seems to be promising on paper, but the ground reality differs. Many of them are stuck in bureaucratic wrangles, land acquisition issues, coal linkage problem, tendering process, litigation etc. The Government of India, no doubt is trying hard to find ways and means to expedite these projects and are looking at various options such as hydro, thermal, nuclear, and renewable energy to accelerate the production of power in the country.

Power scenario in India
The All India energy requirement for April - June 2008 was 188,056 mu, the supply of power fell short by 10.1 per cent of the overall demand. The peak demand for the same period was 106,922 mw, which could not be fully met and a deficit of 14.6 per cent was the net outcome.

Installed generation capacity
As of 30th June, 2008, the overall installed power generation capacity was 144,912.97 mw. This includes contribution of 92,564.64 mw of Thermal, 4120 mw of Nuclear, 36,033.76 mw of Hydro and 12,194.57 mw of Renewable power. The power generation sector is still dominated by coal, whose consumption for the same was 330 mt during 2007-08.

Eleventh plan capacity addition target
The targetted capacity for 11th plan is fixed at 78,700 mw. It is estimated that the contribution from Hydro will be 15,627 mw, Thermal will be 59,693 mw, Nuclear wil be 3,380 mw.

Generation capacity addition target (2008-09)
The overall target for generation capacity addition target is fixed at 11,061.2 mw. Out of this Hydro power share will be 1097.0 mw, Thermal power share will be 9,304.2 mw and Nuclear power is targetted at 660.0 mw. Out of this, 894.8 mw is achieved upto June '08, which is around 8.1 per cent of the targetted capacity.

Power generation programme (2008-09)
The targets for 2008-09 is 774,344 million units (mu), which comprises of Hydro (118,450 mu), Thermal (631,270 mu), Nuclear (19,000 mu) and 5624 mu from Bhutan (Imp). As of 30th June, 2008, 23.15 per cent of the targetted capacity has been achieved for 2008-09.

Powerless Andhra Pradesh
The power statistics of Andhra Pradesh for June 2008 shows a deficit of 350 mw, which is 6.4 per cent deficit on the supply side. The scenario for the period April-June 2008 has entered the negative territory amounting to a deficit of 4.7 per cent. Against the overall requirement of 16,976 mu, the supply side figures touched 16,172 mu during the period. The peak hour deficit for the state was 12.3 per cent. The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) through its power generation utility AP Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGENCO) is trying hard to overcome the deficit situation. Kakatiya Thermal Power Project is one such initiative of Apgenco which can solve the power deficit problem in Andhra Pradesh. The 1x500 mw unit of KTPP will be commissioned by February 2009 as told to Projects Info by company sources.

Kakatiya Thermal Power Project (KTPP)
The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) approved the project for setting up of 1x500 mw thermal power project at Bhoopalapally in 2005. The name of the station was changed from Bhoopalapally Thermal Power Station to Kakatiya Thermal Power Project in year 2006. Fuel supply agreement was entered into with SCCL on 31st March,2005 for supply of 2.16 mtpa of coal from Bhoopalapally mines of SCCL. Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board cleared the project in January 2006 and was subsequently approved by Ministry of Environment & Forests in February 2006. Land acquisition was in place by May 2006.

APGENCO has issued Letter of Intent in September 2006 to BGR Energy System (India) Ltd, Chennai for execution of Balance of Plant including civil works for a contract price of Rs 694.86 crore. BGR Energy has completed the boiler foundation works in February 2007. The equipment is being supplied by BHEL for the project. KTPP phase-I project is a single turbine 500 mw project.

Current status
The project work is moving at a frantic pace and the commissioning of the project is estimated by February 2009.

Future plans
The phase-II of the KTPP is planned targetting power generation capacity of 600 mw. Tenders for appointing consultants are yet to be floated. The completion for phase-II is expected by March 2011. Coal block has been allocated by Ministry of Coal at Tadicherla Mines of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd and production of coal is likely to start by June 2010.

Project summary
Implementing agency
Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd (Apgenco)

Installed capacity
1 x 500 MW

Chelpur Village, Ghanapur Mandal, Warangal Dist, Andhra Pradesh

Rs 2,150 crore

Units commissioning schedule
February 2009

Funding agency
Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has sanctioned loan of Rs 1544.51 crore for the project.

Coal source
Bhoopalapally Mines (Kakatiya mine blocks) of SCCL

Water source
River Godavari, Around 50 km from Project site.

Apgenco facts
Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd (Apgenco) was established in 1998 and commenced its opertions in 1999. The company has an installed capacity of 7,009.9 mw and is the third largest power utility of India. It is one of the premier organization of Andhra Pradesh engaged in power generation. The company is not only engaged in the operation and maintenance of the existing power plants in the State of Andhra Pradesh, but is also coming up with new projects that would add up to the overall supply of power in Andhra Pradesh. All the Generating Stations owned by erstwhile APSEB were transferred to the control of APGENCO.

Credits: Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma, Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training (FIRST)


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