No need for power cut in Kerala: KSEB engineers


Sankar CG

Kozhikode: Amid the reports of a fake power crisis looms large in India, a section of engineers from Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has come up ruling out any crisis in Kerala. They said the state has been attaining self-sufficiency in power production and there is no need for power cut or load shedding in the present situation.

The average power needs of Kerala per day is 3700MW; of which 600MW is purchased from thermal plants in other states and Centre provides 1200MW. A total of 1600MW is produced from our hydro-electric power plants. In total, we get 3400MW power against the need of 3700MW. The shortage of 300MW is managed by KSEB.

However, the engineers say this shortage has nothing to do with the current national crisis. “In fact, this shortage has been there for months now and not an issue to be highlighted like this amid the reports of a crisis. We have 83 percent water in all our dams. By hiking production, we can just simply manage it. After all, we have a stock of power to run for many more days. By October 20, Moolamattam generator will become operational after maintenance with a production capacity of 130MW. Nearly 20 mini projects are on the verge of commissioning and it will add production by nearly 200MW. We have a thermal plant in Kayamkulam that can also enhance production,” said an official of KSEB.

In extreme cases, KSEB buys electricity from power exchange at a price of Rs20 per unit. “It is little costly and we don’t have to go for it in the present situation. The Kayamkulam thermal plant, that runs on Nafta, can be made operational before going for it.”

“From Koodamkulam, we are supposed to get 266MW electricity. However, we don’t get the agreed quantity for the last few months due to some issues. Very soon we will continue getting the exact quantity of power and it will land us in an even more safer position.”
“We have nearly a hundred generators producing electricity relentlessly at our 47 hydro-electric projects across the state. Usually, we spare one generator at every plant for routine maintenance and it can be avoided. In crisis we have a number of options to meet our needs. The reports of power cuts and all are extreme steps and the present situation does not demand it.”

"There are around 107 new hydro-electric projects, including Athirappally project, on the anvil. Once at least a half-of-these become operational, we will export electricity. In fact, we are steadily progressing in the energy sector. We produce electricty to meet 40 percent of our needs. It was just 30 percent a few years ago. The day we achieve 100 percent production is not a distant dream or far away.”

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