• In a turnabout, Karnataka electrified with surplus power

    Reeling under severe shortage of power until a few months ago, Karnataka is all of a sudden left with the bounty of surplus power.

    The surplus generation has left the energy department in a dilemma of whether to make arrangements for purchase of power to cope with the summer crisis or manage with its own. On Friday, power generation in the state was augmented after Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) successfully commissioned the third unit of Ballari Thermal Power Plant (BTPS) at Kuditini in Ballari.

    It can generate 700 Mw of power, and has been billed as the only generating unit owned by the state with such a huge capacity.

    Now all three units of BTPS are capable of generating about 35-40 million units of energy per day.

    Energy minister DK Shivakumar told Bangalore Mirror that the commissioning of the unit, though delayed by several months, was a major milestone for the department.

    “The unit alone is capable of generating 700 Mw. At this stage, the state is surplus with power and we are hopeful of overcoming the power crisis this summer.”

    Addressing media persons in Ballari, G Kumar Naik, MD, KPCL said, “The unit had raised expectations due to its huge generation capacity. At the time of the trial, the unit clocked a generation of 711 Mw of power.”

    The required coal for the third unit will be supplied from West Bengal. The state has allocated 2.34 TMC of water from the nearby Narayanpur dam for the unit. Leo Komarov Womens Jersey

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