The Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS),commissioned by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited was dedicated to the nation by the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sri. L K Advani at Kudatini, Bellary District on 03-11-2008.
The power station will be developed in two stages of 500 MW each. The first Stage will add 3504 MU per annum to the State grid in the first stage. The first 500 mw unit of BTPS costing Rs 2,120 crore was commissioned at Kudatini, 22 km away from the district headquarters town of Bellary. The cost of power generated at this unit is Rs 2.20 per unit. Bellary Thermal Power Station meets 10 per cent of the state's power requirement.
Former deputy prime minister L K Advani said that there are countries which have shown concern for the environment, while achieving growth in the power sector. Germany has a legislation for green energy, Karnataka should also have one. “A roadmap should be drawn to add another 25,000 MW to the grid in the next five years. We should also be able to give power to every house in every village without interruption,” he said.
Chief Minister Mr B S Yeddyurappa said the second unit of 500 mw capacity in this station will be commissioned in 2010 and the third in 2012. “We have resolved to increase power generation capacity from the present 9,000 mw to 14,000 mw in the 11th plan” , he said, adding KPCL would generate 5,000 mw more power in the next four years.
“We have embarked upon an ambitious plan of adding another 10,000 mw of power before the end of 12th plan. A total of 5,000 mw would be achieved in the next four years during the 11th plan itself”.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the BTPS function, Power Minister K S Eshwarappa said that he would lead a delegation to the Centre on Nov 6 to seek its approval to set up the 4,000-MW ultramega power plant at Kodugi in Bijapur.
BTPS will have coal supply from exclusive mines developed in the Western Coal Fields by a private company. According to Muralidhar Rao, Technical Director, KPCL, the exclusive mines would supply coal at Rs 1,800 a tonne as opposed to the prevailing cost of Rs 2,800 a tonne which would translate to a saving of Rs 1,000 a tonne.
The power plant would require about 7,000 tonnes of coal a day to operate the 500 MW unit which would be obtained from two coal mines located in Nagpur. The plant would use a mixture of imported coal and indigenous coal. The station also has a stockyard which can store up to 1 lakh tonnes.
The construction of Stage-I, estimated to cost around Rs.2100 Crores was scheduled to be completed by end of August 2007. According to officials, KPCL has imposed a fine of Rs 243 crore on Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for a one year delay in completing the fixed priced project.
Two more units of 500 MW each have been proposed to be added to the station. The work on second unit has already started and the unit will be commissioned by November 2010, said the director. The KPCL is waiting for clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for the construction of the third unit.
The power generated will be evacuated through the already existing 400 kV Transmission line which connects to Bangalore via the Davangere sub-station.
|Project Cost||Rs 2100 Crores|
|Annual Generation||3504 Million Units|
|Capacity||500 MW (Unit 1)|
|Cost/MW||Rs. 4.2 Crores|
|Debt||Rs. 1680 Crores|
|Equity||Rs. 420 Crores|
|Date of Financial Closure for debt Component||06.05.2004|
|Duration of Implementation||36 months for synchronisation and 39 months for commissioning|
|EPC Contractor||M/s BHEL|
|Coal||Captive coal block at WCL in Joint Venture with M/s EMTA|
|Water||Regenerated water from Maralihalla|
|Present Status||Unit commissioned on 03-11-2008 after delay of 1 year from scheduled date.|