TN to add 4,250 MW in 5 years
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) is planning to add 4,250 MW of power over the next five years in phases. The board would require over Rs15,000 crore for adding 2,250 MW by 2010-11.
The current installed capacity in the state was slightly over 10,000 MW.
Apart from the central power generating stations that are falling short of the demand, the failure of southwest monsoon too has aggravated the situation.
The Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tirunelveli district likely to be commissioned by early 2009 would ease the power situation. The total investment is expected to be around Rs13,000 crore.
Similarly, the board intends to add over 3,000 MW in two phases by 2011-12. Some of the ongoing projects that will meet this requirement are the 600 MW unit, which is coming up in north Chennai at a cost of Rs 2,475 crore, a 600 MW at Mettur, a 1,600 MW at Udangudi and another 1,000 MW at TNEB’s thermal power station in Tuticorin.