JK SETS FOOT IN THERMAL POWER GENERATION

Gets Coal Block In Odisha, PDC To Develop 1000 MW Project

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, July 4: The Union Coal Ministry has allocated 130 million tonnes of coal block to Jammu and Kashmir in Odisha for thermal power generation.
J&K Government, which was trying for past many years to get a coal block, had applied last year with the Ministry after which the State Power Development Corporation (PDC) pursued the matter vigorously.
J&K not being a thermal power producing State, the project once completed would take care of the State’s energy problems particularly during winter when the generation from hydropower projects dips due to less discharge in rivers. Welcoming the allocation to J&K, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the State would be able to generate 1000 MW power for 25 to 30 years from the coal block.
Omar today projected the allocation as an achievement of his government. “I may not be in a position to sell this achievement during 2014 elections as the work on establishment of the project may take some time but I am satisfied that my government has made a remarkable dent in the power generation sector to bring welfare and financial autonomy to the State,” he said. A senior PDC official said the total capacity of the coal block, Kudanali-Luburi, was 396 million tons of which 130 million tons were allocated to J&K and the remaining capacity was bagged by NTPC.
Another 13 coal blocks were allocated to 15 States and Central Public Sector Undertakings in six host States.
The PDC has been entrusted by the State Government to develop the coal block to be followed by setting up of thermal power plant. “It is a long way to go but the beginning has been made,” said a PDC official. Managing Director PDC, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, said there were two options for developing the project- pithead plant at Odisha or the project could be developed in the State.
“We will explore the options keeping in view the profitability factor and the requirements,” Dhar said.
It would be the first major thermal power project owned by the State after a mini coal based energy plant operated by JK Minerals in coal rich Kalakote was shut down long ago.
“We will soon go for preparation of the Detailed Project Report and take up work on fast track basis,” Dhar said.
JK is a hydro power generating State with a potential of around 20,000 MW on different rivers.
But so far the State, whose energy requirement has gone beyond 2300 MW, has been able to harness only 760 MW of hydropower from around 20 projects. It imports remaining power from outside to meet the growing demands.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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