Andhra Pradesh Generation Company’s (APGENCO) 600 MW Kakatiya thermal power plant stage-II is expected to be commissioned by March 2014. In a recent update to the power ministry, the state utility has informed that most of the critical milestones have been completed and the remaining work has been progressing at a good pace and the utility is confident that the project will be commissioned by end of March 2014.
APGENCO stated that the boiler and electrostatic precipitator erection for the project is currently under progress. Other major works related to chimney, transformer yard and mill & bunker have also been completed.
Kakatiya power project stage-II is being set up at Bhoopalapally in Warangal district of the State. The boiler, turbine and generator package for the project was placed on BHEL in October 2008 and the zero date commenced on January 21, 2009. The total project cost has been estimated at Rs. 3466 crore.
The utility also informed that its 600 MW Rayaalaseema thermal power plant stage-IV is also progressing at a good pace and is expected to be commissioned by December 2014. For this project, the additional land required has been acquired. However, the utility informed that the additional coal linkage for the project has been pending.
Andhra Pradesh has been reeling under acute power shortages due to stranded gas-based capacities. With several projects scheduled to be commissioned in 2014, the power situation in the State is likely to improve considerably.