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Kerala entitled to 266mw power from Kudankulam - Venugopal

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VenugopalUnion minister of state for energy K C Venugopal said on 02-04-2012 that the Centre had not taken any decision to review the originally agreed formula on sharing power from Kudankulam nuclear power station. Venugopal was responding questions on the reported statement of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa that her state wanted the entire power generated at Kudankulam.

 He said there was a clear formula on sharing power from thermal and nuclear stations in different parts of the country, and that an agreement on this is reached at the time of setting up the plants.

Accordingly, the home state will get 50 per cent of the power generated. Thirty five per cent of the remaining power will be shared between neighbouring states in accordance with their per capita power consumption. The remaining 15 per cent will be added to the Central pool as "unallocated power". According to this formula, Kerala is entitled to 266mw of power from Kudankulam, Venugopal said.

The minister also said the Centre was supporting Kerala in tiding over the present power crisis and had allocated 100 mw of power in the last four days in addition to the regular allocation.

He said studies had indicated that Kerala would face a demand-supply gap of 4800mw in 2016. During the 11th Five Year Plan, the country as a whole had added a capacity of 55,000mw, and Kerala's contribution to this was only 100mw. The country proposed to add 75,000mw generating capacity during the 12th Plan period and Kerala's share in this would be nil, he said.

The state could face acute power crisis unless a political consensus is evolved on the choice of energy required. Kerala should vigorously pursue mini and micro hydel power generation possibilities as well as renewable energy.

The Centre has initiated measures to eliminate excise duty on naphtha and this might reduce the cost of power from Kayamkulam thermal power station at least by Rs 1.5 per unit, the minister said.

Source- Times of India


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