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KTPP to be commissioned on August 22

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

BHUPALPALLY (WARANGAL DT.): The 500 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Project (KTPP) will be dedicated to the nation on August 22 by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

The KTPP had begun its trial run and was successfully functioning to its full capacity.

It had announced its Commercial Operation Declaration (COD) and had been selling power to APTransco. It will be formally commissioned by the Chief Minister during his visit to the district on August 22.

Inspecting the preparatory works here on Friday, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Bhupalpally MLA G. Venkataramana Reddy and a host of APGenco officials, the Minister said the new project achieved a Plant Load Factor of 105 per cent and was successfully producing 525 MW of power more than its expected capacity.

The KTPP envisages utilisation of 7,500 tonnes of coal per day and 70,000 cubic metres of water to produce 500 MW of power.

The cost per unit was estimated to be around Rs. 2.20, which was lower compared to other thermal power stations in the State.

A unique feature of the project was that it had a BHEL-made single generator of 500 MW capacity, which was one among the few in the country.

88 p.c. PLF

Mr. Lakshmaiah explained that the power stations in Andhra Pradesh have an average Plant Load Factor of 88 per cent as against the national average of 77 per cent.

Second phase

The second phase of the project -- another unit of 600 MW project coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,500 crore on the same premises would be complete by 2012.

The Minister said projects envisaging production of 2,300 MW would be commissioned across the State this year and some more new stations with a capacity to produce 3,500 MW were under construction at several places in Andhra Pradesh.

Sub-stations

“The State government will be spending Rs. 15,291 crore to set up 1,733 sub stations of 33/11 KV; 132 KV; 220 KV and 400 KV capacity,” he said adding that the government had already spent Rs. 11,000 crore on the power sector during the last five years.

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