Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Thursday said that an additional 33,000 MW of power would be generated in the state by 2012 and about Rs1.5 lakh crore would be invested for transmission systems for sale of surplus power to other states.
“Of the 33,000 MW, extra power targeted to be generated by 2012, around 17,000 MW will be produced by 13 independent power projects for which MoUs have been signed and the rest by public sector units like NTPC,” State Energy Minister Surya Narayan Patro said here.
The Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd would invest nearly Rs1.5 lakh crore for the transmission system for supplying surplus power to other states, he said.
Stating that Orissa would get about 11,000 MW from generating companies as per agreements signed, Patro said the remaining 22,000 MW would be sold to buyers outside the state for six paise per unit of power.
Orissa would require only 4,000 MW to meet its projected internal demand and the remaining 7,000 MW would be sold to other states facing power scarcity, he said.
As a result, the Minister said the total volume of power to be evacuated from the state, including the electricity to be directly sold by generating companies, would be of the order of 29,000 MW.
“The huge additional power will go waste if the required transmission systems are not installed in the next four years,” he added.
Claiming that Orissa was fast emerging as the country’s power hub, Patro said potential buyers for electricity were states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
While the new power generating units were in different stages of implementation, proper planning and coordinated strategy was necessary for erecting the transmission network, he said.
Stating that around half-a-dozen new corridors would be needed for the purpose, Patro said strategy for transmission infrastructure was discussed with major players like PGCIL, Central Electricity Authority and NTPC on the initiative of the Grid Corporation of Orissa and the state government.
On Orissa’s power demand, he said there was a demand of 2,600 MW of power at present, which was projected to go up to 5,800 MW by 2014 and “even then there will be a huge surplus in view of self-sufficiency achieved.”
Describing power tariff in Orissa as among the cheapest in the country, the Minister said it has not been hiked in the last seven years in the state, where 80% of the villages were already electrified.
“The aim is to achieve 100% electrification in the next two years,” he said, adding the Centre’s Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutkaran Yojana and state government’s Biju Kutir Jyoti programme would enable the government to provide electricity in every village.
On the possibility of cut in power tariff for the farm sector, he said the government has urged the Electricity Regulatory Commission to reduce the rate and its decision was awaited.