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Home News Power Sector News 54MW share from 4th unit of Kaigato bring relief to TN

54MW share from 4th unit of Kaigato bring relief to TN

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kaigaThe fourth unit of 220 MW Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-4), located in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, was connected to the southern power grid. Tamil Nadu will get 54 MW as its share and this comes as a minor relief to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board which faces a deficit of 1,000 MW.This amount of power is sufficient enough to provide electricity to an locality like Chintadripet in the city which has a power demand of 50 MW. The TNEB already gets its share of 171 MW from Kaiga's three other units.

As on date, the demand of the TNEB stands at nearly 10,000 MW while the generation is nearly 9,000 MW, which includes purchased power. The deficit of over 1,000 MW is met either by power production from wind energy or by procurement from private power producers or other states.

"Our share from Kaiga's three units is 171 MW and as on date we get nearly 115 MW from it. So the supply will vary according to the generation of the units.

But any quantity of power supplied now will be of great help as summer is nearing and the demand is expected to go up," said a TNEB official.

According to a press release, the fourth unit kicked off generation after the grant of clearance by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). With this synchronisation of KGS-4 with the grid, India's nuclear power capacity has shot up to to 4780 MW, with 20 reactors in operation. The installed capacity of Kaiga station is now 880 MW, making it the third largest after Tarapur (1400 MW) and Rawatbhata (1180 MW). The unit, fuelled by indigenous uranium, will supply electricity to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Meanwhile, the TNEB is bracing itself for summer which starts early in Tamil Nadu. This time, power managers do not want to rely on wind power alone, as last year it had dropped from nearly 2,500 MW to zero, causing massive power cuts across the state.

This year, the TNEB already invited tenders for supply of round the clock supply of 300 MW, 400 MW and 350 MW for the months of February, March and April respectively.

For April and May, the TNEB has invited tenders for supply of 800 MW during peak hours and 200 MW for off-peak hours.

Source- Times of india


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