The Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan has said that the government plans to take up power transmission projects worth Rs 7,000 crore under the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
Of the project cost, the Centre’s subsidy will cover 20 per cent, with private players meeting the remainder, Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan said in Coimbatore last week.
He was inaugurating Elektrotec 2013 and Renergy 2013, an exhibition organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries Association. Though the transmission infrastructure was adequate for existing projects, new projects were proposed to cater to generation projects of capacity addition in the State.
The Minister described the present power shortage in the state as temporary. While the demand was 12,000 mw, availability was 8,000 mw in the state. The government was taking measures on a war-footing to bridge the gap, he added. The State is expected to permanently tide over the power problem by June this year.
Trial operations had started at the 600 mw thermal power plant in Mettur. At Vallur, three units of 500 mw capacity each are coming up. The first unit started generation in December; the second would on stream in February and the third unit, May. The State’s share from these units is 1,175 mw.
Two units of 600 mw each coming up at the North Chennai Thermal Power Station. One will start generation next month and the other, in June. The State is expected to get an additional 3,312 mw from these thermal power plants this year, the Minister said.