Andhra Pradesh will put in all efforts to achieve additional power generation of 15,945 mw by taking up 17 new power projects in the next four to five years. This will enable the state to meet the growing power demand in all sectors such as agriculture, industry and domestic, said chief minister of state K Rosaiah. According to a statement, the chief minister will lay foundation stone for two projects which includes the 600-mw Singareni thermal power plant at Pegadapalli village in Adilabad district and the first phase of 700 mw out of 2,100 mw gas-based power project promoted by APGENCO at Thimmapur Mandal in Karimnagar.
While the phase I of the Karimnagar project will be operationalised by July 2013, the thermal project at Pegadapalli is expected to be completed by June 2013. Both the projects, the chief minister said, will spur economic growth and help setting up other industries. Industrialisation of the area will also provide vast employment opportunities in the region.
Of the 17 new power projects planned in the next 4-5 years, 10 projects aggregating to 4,063 mw are under construction and seven projects totalling 11,282 mw are under development stage. With these projects, APGENCO is all poised to add 4,110 mw thermal and 653 mw of Hydel capacity by next three years. The chief minister also said fly ash generated in the power projects can be used by the cement industries to enhance their production capacities and it can also be used to set up fly ash based brick units in the local area.
Source- Financial Express