Tamil Nadu is expected to surpass its target of adding 20,000 mega watt (MW), as envisaged in its Vision 2023, said Natham R Viswanathan, Minister for Electricity, Government of Tamil Nadu.
In his address at the CII's Tamil Nadu Annual Day and Conference on TN Vision 2023 : The Way Forward on Saturday, the State would is working towards excelling the power target of 20000 mw capacity set for 2023 to 20,284 MW by 2023. This will be supported by the projects under implementation, projects to be taken up, from Centre allocation to state, through PPAs and other sources.
C V Sankar, Additional Chief Secretary - Industries, Government of Tamil Nadu said in the last three years TANGEDCO has taken up projects worth Rs 25,000 crore, which is first time in the history and nearly 4,640 MW of power was added.
In 2012-13 the peak deficit was 1,683 MW and in 2014-15 (till January) it was 165 MW. Maximum demand in 2012-13 was 12,736 MW and this has increased to 13,663 MW. The demand is increasing by around 13-14 per cent, which is the testimony that industrialisation is also growing in the state, said Sankar, while rejecting the allegation that industries are moving away from Tamil Nadu due to political situation and power issues.
He claimed that MoUs worth Rs 31,670 crore were signed and through single window clearance for projects worth Rs 9,379 crore were sanctioned and another Rs 17,134 crore worth of MoUs are ready to be signed.
The Minister added electricity being a key requirement for industrial sustenance and growth, the Vision Document has envisaged Rs 2.85 lakh crore outlay for power, out of the Rs 15 lakh crore of total investment required by the State. "Our total installed capacity for power is 13427 MW, apart from 8400 MW in new and renewable sources, the Minister informed.
Some of the upcoming power projects include Ennore (800 MW), Ennore SEZ (660 MW), Udangudi (4X660), Super Critical (5X660 MW), North Chennai (800 MW), Uppur Thermal Power Project (2X800 MW), Ennore Alternative (660 MW), Udangudi (2X660 MW), Cheyyur Mega Ultra Project (4000 MW), Vallur (350 MW), Hydro project at Nilagiri (2000 MW) and others.
From Kudankulam Nuclear Plant the State would get 462.3 MW next year from Unit II, besides the Sate will also get 567 MW from two Centre projects, which are implemented by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) along with State Electricity Board, said the Minister.
He also said power purchase agreement (PPAs) have been made for 200 mw (solar), at the rate of Rs 7.01 per unit. "By the end of March-April, we may finalise power purchase agreements to the extent of 1000 mw of solar energy," he noted.
Source- Business standard