Minister for Power Aryadan Muhammed has said that a 400 Mega Watt Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-based power plant will be set up at Brahmapuram, near Kakkanad. A global expression of interest has been floated to appoint a consultancy for the same, he said during the launch of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) here on Friday. A global tender will be floated for the construction of the plant soon.
“The initial study for setting up a 500 Mega Watt pet coke-based power plant has already begun. The KSEB has started projects worth `592.72 crore, including the `355-crore RAPDRP project in the district. The 24MW project at Bhoothathankettu costs `231 crore and the 110kv sub station at Kizhakkambalam incurs an expense of `6.72 crore,” the minister said.
The RAPDRP scheme to be implemented in three phases - Part A, Part B and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition is a Centre-funded scheme for streamlining the power distribution system and to provide better supply to the consumer by bringing down transmission and distribution losses and improving services. The scheme is being implemented in 43 towns, including Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Inaugurating the function, Union Minister K V Thomas said that Kerala would be a role model for the nation when it attains the distinction of 100 percent electricity connection in May. Places like Ernakulam, Kochi, Vypeen and Tripunithura, can avail the benfits of the project.