State power position will improve by 2013: Jairaj

Replying to a question from a member in the audience after delivering a talk on Saturday at an event organised by Indian Institute of Public Administration, Jairaj said: “Karnataka should turn the corner on the power front by 2013-2014 as an additional 6,000 MW power would be generated.” The power plants at Bellary Thermal Power Stations II and III unit, Udupi power plant, Kudagi thermal power plant would become fully operational by then.

Earlier, during a lecture on ‘Energy Scenario in Karnataka’, the Additional Chief Secretary said that Kaiga nuclear power plant is slated to provide an additional 1,400 MW of power within five to seven years. At present it generates 765 MW. “The addition is because the Atomic Energy Commission has permitted a major expansion here,” he said. The AEC also wanted the State to provide them a greenfield site but Karnataka was not in a position to provide them with it, he added.

Jairaj added that most western nations had a base load power and a supplementary power capacity. While nuclear and thermal power contributed to the base load power, renewable and wind energy provided the supplementary support whenever main power supply was affected. “There is no difference in Karnataka between base power and supplementary power and this is proving to be the biggest problem,” he said.

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