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Web Exclusive | October 2012

TN seeks 1,000 mw from private power producers

The Tamil Nadu government is intending to buy 1,000 mw of power from the private sector. It is said that the government has called tenders for the same.

But, if the problems in the existing machineries at thermal plants were set right, then more power could be generated, sources said. According to a source, around 600 mw of power could be generated if the glitches at two machineries at Thoothukudi and one at Mettur thermal plant were set right.

This apart, the state’s share from Ramakundam and other plants from the Centre had not reached Tamil Nadu. Now, the rains in Chennai have brought some hope to the engineers. The rains should fill the dams, which alone can lift the state from the power crisis, Tangedco chief engineer A Thangavelu told a newspaper in Chennai recently.

If the dams are full, the hydroelectric projects of Kadambarai and Kunda and a few others could generate 700 mw of power. Thangavelu said they were hoping from some change in a week’s time owing to the rains which could reduce agricultural consumption.

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