Govt to encourage super-critical thermal technology: Shinde
October 27th, 2010

New Delhi : Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said the government wants to encourage efficienttechnologies for power generation and install large-sized super-critical thermal power units to enhance efficiency and reduce coal consumption and Green House Gas emissions.

Addressing the Economic Editors Conference here, the Minister said coal would continue to dominate the power generation sector and 50 per cent of the capacity addition would be through the coal-based technology during the 12th Plan. Hence it has been decided that the capacity addition during the 13th Plan will be through super-critical units only.

He said to bridge the gap between demand and supply of power, especially in the context of limited financial resources available, it was imperative to look for other options that were not capital intensive and comparatively of shorter gestation period and maximise generation through Renovation and Modernisation (R and M) of existing power plants as the most cost-effective option.

Mr Shinde said the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) had prepared a National Enhanced Efficiency Renovation and Modernisation Programme for implementation during the 11th and 12th Plans. This included Renovation and Modernisation of about 19,000 MW capacity, Life Extension of about 7,300 MW during 11th Plan and Renovation and Modernisation of about 5,000 MW and Life Extension of about 1,6500 MW during 12th Plan.

He said to ensure free flow of electricity across the country, the inter-state transmission systems and inter-regional transmission links were being upgraded and the aggregate inter-regional transmission capacity in the country today was more than 20,750 MW.

This is sought to be increased to 32,650 MW by the end of 11th Plan.

“We are hopeful that during the 12th Plan, the Southern Region will be integrated with the rest of the country and the whole country would be operating at one common frequency backed up by a strong National Grid.” The growth in transmission system is characterised by the physical growth in transmission network as well as introduction of higher transmission voltages and new technologies for bulk power transmission.

The future plans during 12th and 13th plan were bigger to meet the rising demand, leading to substantial increase in per capita availability of power. To achieve this ambitious target, rigorous monitoring of capacity addition of the on-going generation projects is being done at the highest level by the Ministry of Power as well as by the CEA.

To augment the equipment manufacturing capacity to support the envisaged capacity addition programme on the initiatives of Ministry of Power, five new joint venture companies are setting up their base in India. These joint ventures were L and T-MHI, Bharat Forge-Alstom, Ansaldo-GB Power, Toshiba and JSW, and Thermax with Babcock and Wilcox.

Besides this, Dussan from Korea is putting up equipment manufacturing facility in India on 100pc FDI. This will expedite the capacity addition programme. The capacity of BHEL was being increased to 20,000 MW by the end of 2012.

On the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), the flagship programme was launched in March 2005 to electrify 1,18,000 un-electrified villages and providing free electricity connections to 2.34 crore rural BPL households, Mr Shinde said about 85,000 villages had been electrified under the programme and 127.87 lakh free electricity connections have been released to BPL households.

About the loss of electricity through Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT and C), the Minister said the Centre was implementing Restructured- APDRP scheme and the aim was to reduce the AT and C losses without additional burning of coal or new capacity addition, but reduce emission. Total programme size was Rs 51,177 crore including Rs 10,000 crore for energy audit and Rs 40,000 crore for System Strengthening.

Under this programme, 1,401 projects at the cost of Rs 5305.23 crore have been approved to cover all eligible towns in the country under energy audit and 644 projects worth Rs 10,859.33 crore had been approved for 13 states for system improvement. Under the energy saving scheme the focus was on replacement of inefficient incandescent bulbs by efficient-CFLs in all households in the country.

Source – UNI

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