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LNGKerala State Electricity Board Limited would partially decommission the Brahmapuram diesel power plant (BDPP) and float a tender for the partial gasification of the plant.As part of the move to partially convert the plant into an LNG-based one, the full time directors' meeting last Thursday gave approval to dismantle two of the five power-generating machines at the plant. The plant has a total of five machines with capacity to generate 20 MW power each. However, only three machines at the plant are in working condition now. The board authorities have been using several mechanical parts of the defunct machines for carrying out the repair and replacement of parts in the other three machines.

The official decommissioning of the machines intends to preserve only the reusable parts. Though the station is still known as diesel power plant, the board had long back stopped using diesel for power generation and had been using low sulphur heavy stock (LSHS) -- a residual fuel processed from indigenous crude -- in place of diesel. But even then, the cost of power generation from the plant continues to be dearer. The average cost per unit of power from the plant comes to around Rs 13, at present.

According to KSEB chairman and managing director M Sivasankar, the formalities for floating a global tender for the gasification work were almost complete. For the installation of two LNG-based power generation units, the board would have to spend around Rs 100 crore. The two units would generate 18 MW each and the cost per unit of power is expected to be lower than the existing one. If the LNG conversion proves to be beneficial, the board would think about replacing the existing three machines as well with LNG-based machines, he said.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Electricity Board limited would partially decommission the Brahmapuram diesel power plant (BDPP) and float a tender for the partial gasification of the plant.

As part of the move to partially convert the plant into a LNG based one, the full time director's meeting on last Thursday gave approval for dismantling two of the five power generating machines at the plant. The plant has a total of five machines with capacity to generate 20 MW power each. However, only three machines in the plant are in working condition now and the board authorities were using several mechanical parts of the defunct machines for carrying out the repairing and replacement of parts in the three other machines. The official decommissioning of the machine intends to remove all parts of the machines and preserve only the reusable parts.

Though the generating station is still known as diesel power plant, the board had long back stopped using diesel for power generation and started using Low Sulphur Heavy Stock (LSHS), a residual fuel processed from indigenous crude, in place of diesel. But even then, the cost of power generation from the plant continues to be dearer and the average cost per unit of power from the plant comes around Rs 13 at present.

According to KSEB chairman and managing director M Sivasankar, the formalities for floating a global tender for the gasification work were almost complete. For the installation of two LNG based power generation units, board would have to spend around Rs 100 crore. The two units would be generating 18 mw each and the cost per unit of power is expected to be lower than the existing cost. If the LNG conversion proves to be beneficial, the board would think about the replacing the existing three machines as well with LNG based machines, he said.

Source - TOI

 

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