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Rs.1,370-crore investment for KSEB

Special Correspondent

Rs.403.33-crore outlay for power generation schemes during 2009-10

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has envisaged an investment of Rs.1,370 crore in 2009-10 on power generation, transmission and distribution projects.

Of this, an outlay of Rs. 403.33 crore is for generation schemes, the KSEB said in its report on next year’s plans, submitted to the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC).

The outlay for generation is mainly for five ongoing and 16 new hydro-electric schemes and seven wind/non-conventional energy projects. Eleven completed hydro-electric projects and two existing thermal projects too will receive additional investment for generation works. The KSEB also proposes renovation/modernisation works in the five existing hydro-electric stations.

The ongoing hydro-electric projects that will receive investment next year include Kuttiyadi Extension (50 MW), Kuttiyadi Additional Extension (100 MW) and Pallivasal Extension (60 MW). The outlay proposed for these projects comes to Rs.74.26 crore.

Works tendered

Works already tendered have been provided an outlay of Rs.64.60 crore. These include Athirappilly (163 MW), Thottiyar (40 MW) and Ramakkalmedu wind farm (5 MW).

Athirappilly

The Athirappilly project proposal had got bogged down for a long time due to court disputes relating to environmental concerns. It finally received environmental clearance and techno-economic clearance in 2005. The lowest bidder, the HCC-BHEL consortium, has now demanded price escalation review of the bidding offer. The report noted that the KSEB and the government had decided to float a new tender for Athirappilly. But the consortium that won the original bidding five years back has approached the court against the decision. Hearing is going on.

A major project that will receive its first outlay is the coal mining venture the KSEB is taking up in Baitharani in Orissa by setting up a joint sector company with power utilities in Orissa. A sum of Rs.20 crore has been provided for this.

The total outlay for the transmission sector next year comes to Rs.366.73 crore. The total allocation for the distribution sector is Rs.600 crore. In addition to these, the KSEB plans to invest Rs.83 crore on deploying IT enabled services and Rs.3.9 crore on institution development.

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