TN Electric Utility for Kudankulam NPP refueling in July instead of March


Chennai, July 1 (IANS): The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) wants the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) refueling to take place in July instead of March.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Utility will petition the Central Ministry of Electricity on the matter.

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) has allocated 1152 MW of electricity to the state of Tamil Nadu per year. However, the nuclear power plant is closed for two months from March, resulting in a shortage of power supply to the plant. In Tamil Nadu, March is a summer peak season, and the shutdown during this time causes power shortage for the state. This has led Tangedco officials to raise this issue with senior officials in the Ministry of Central Energy who are in charge of the plant.

Meanwhile, the Southern Regional Power Committee (SRPC) meeting will be held in Chennai on July 14. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Pondicherry will participate in the regional energy committee meeting.

Tangedco sources told IANS that the department will communicate with the Ministry of Central Energy on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) regarding the change of refueling works from March to July and from next year. during the months of June and July. This is due to the fact that Tamil Nadu would like to have a chill in the height of summer in the months of June and July.

Notably, the Southern states accounted for the all-time peak electricity demand in the month of April 2022, with demand reaching 60,876 MW. The installed capacity of the Southern States increased from 1,15,165 MW to 1,18,313 MW in one year.

Another factor that will be supported by Tangedco is the difficulty in transiting electricity through the power grid lines due to technical errors. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Utility will also notify Central Electricity Ministry officials of the loss it was facing due to payment for power grid transmission lines which were not used for service by Tangedco.

A Tangedco official told IANS that this is happening with all states in South India and stakeholders have taken up the issue with the central government power grid but to no avail. Officials said it was pocket-burning for those electric utilities.

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