NELLORE: The Andhra Pradesh government, which is able to do away with power cuts in the State by implementing Centre-sponsored ‘Power for All’ (PFA) scheme in the State, has now set its sights on making the State not only power surplus one but also an electricity selling State.
After successfully executing 1,600 MW Sri Damodaram Sanjeeviah Thermal Power Station (SDSTPS) located at Krishnapatnam, the AP Genco is now planning major expansion by taking up the work of carrying out 800 MW SDSTPS stage-II, 800 MW Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS), previously known as Vijayawada Thermal Power Station (VTPS), and 4,000 MW Vadarevu Ultra Mega Power Project Stage-I&II, Prakasam district.
The SDSTPS Stage-II projected cost is around Rs 5,287 crore, The NTTPS will cost Rs 4,327 crore and Vadarevu Ultra Mega Power Project will cost Rs 19,804 crore. SDSTPS and NTTPS are scheduled to be completed by Dec 2019 whereas Vadarevu Ultra Mega Power Project Stage-I&II is scheduled to be completed by 2021-22. For Krishnapatnam stage-II and NTTPS, Vijayawada Detailed Project Report has been prepared.
Apart from this, the APGenco will be completing Rs 3,525 crore 600 mw Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project in Kadapa by Oct, which will help AP to be a power surplus State. Besides, the APGenco is working on 960 mw Polavaram HEP project, which is being executed at a cost of Rs 4,081 crore.
Disclosing this, APGenco CMD K Vijayanand, director Sunder Singh and SECM CEO A Chandrasekhar Reddy, stated that with the completion of these projects, AP will be able to sell power to other states.
Citizens of AP can feel happy as there will be no power outages during this summer as the State is now power surplus State. Disclosing this APGenco CMD Vijayanand said since the State has surplus power, there would be no power cuts for power consumers of all categories, including industries, during the coming summer. “Our energy consumption will be about 170 million units this summer. Since we have surplus power, there should not be any problem for us in meeting the demand,” he added.
Piyush to Lay Stone for Krishnapatnam Proj
Sri Damodaram Sanjeeviah Super Critical Thermal Power Project (Krishnapatnam power project), located about 30 km from Nellore, will be dedicated to the Nation by AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday. This is the first such project taken up by any government-owned power utility. This has been set up with an outlay of Rs 12,900 crore. On the occasion, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal will lay the foundation stone for the 800 mw Stage-II of the Krishnapatnam thermal project.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and many State ministers will be present on the occasion.
The first unit of the Stage-I Krishnapatnam thermal plant started commercial operations in Feb 2015 and the second unit commenced its operations from August 2015.