The Kerala State Electricity Board Limted (KSEB) expects to add nearly 100 megawatts (MW) to the state's power generation capability, enhance the distribution network and provide four lakh new service connections during 2016-17. The government-run power company has approved a plan outlay of Rs 1,380 crore for the upcoming financial year, setting aside Rs 50 crore for solar and wind projects and Rs 2 crore for the Athirapally hydro-electric project. The Ministry of Environment and Forests had recently extended green clearance for the latter up to August 2017.
The distribution sector has earmarked Rs 705 crore, with plans to provide four lakh service connections and replace 14.16 lakh electricity meters. Transmission and system operations will see works to the tune of Rs 260 crore and power generation, Rs 390 crore.
On the power generation side, the KSEB hopes to add 98.86 megawatts (MW) to the installed capacity. This include commissioning the 50 MW Phase I of Kasargod solar park, gas conversion of two units of BDPP (39.86 MW) and solar power projects totalling 10 MW. The KSEB also hopes to commission two delayed small hydro-electric projects (SHEP) during the upcoming financial year; the 6 MW Perumthenaruvi and the 3 MW Kakkayam.
A modest Rs 147 crore has been earmarked for the ongoing hydel projects, while new schemes and existing schemes have been allocated Rs 27 crore and Rs 18.80 crore respectively. Thermal power projects have been allocated Rs 57 crore and the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP), Rs 30 crore. The Petcoke-based power project planned in Kochi and the coal-based power project planned in Cheemeni, Kasargode, have been earmarked Rs 10 lakh each. On the transmission side, the KSEB hopes to add 18 sub-stations and 367 circuit kms of power lines. As part of improving the distribution mechanism, the KSEB hopes to deploy 3300 new transformers, and extend 11 kV lines by 3050 kms and LT lines by 3500 kms.
Source- Indian Express