In what could be a relief for the power-starved state, the Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) for the proposed 1050 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant at Brahmapuram will be completed before April 30.

A Belgian company, which is doing the study, was asked to consider all the aspects of the plant starting from how much power can be generated in the first phase, viability of the project and the possibility of converting the existing diesel power plant to LNG. The study began in February this year.

Brahmapuram power plant is one of the six power projects proposed in the state using LNG. It is estimated that it will take at least three years to complete its construction.

In July 2010, the state government gave administrative sanction for the plant to be built by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) at a cost of around `4,500 crore. The power plant will use gas supplied from the LNG terminal at Puthuvype in Kochi, which will be commissioned soon.

“The plant will be located on the KSEB-owned property at Brahmapuram. Depending on the DFR, we will take decision about the plant. We are planning to set up the plant adjacent to the diesel power plant there. At present, out of the six units of the plant, three are functioning. We are also planning to convert the existing plants to LNG,” said M Sivasankar, secretary (Power), Kerala.

KSEB plans to lay two 400-kv lines to carry power from the plant to the distribution network. The existing 220-kv line of the present Brahmapuram diesel power plant will also be utilised. The plant will have three blocks of 350 MW each. After completion, the plant is expected to boost the power availability in central Kerala, particularly of Kochi.

According to B Pradeep, president, KSEB Officers Association, the problem with the proposed LNG power plants in the state is the ambiguity regarding the pricing of LNG. A power plant of about 1,000 MW needs around 1.1 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) of LNG. The Kochi LNG terminal is designed to handle 5 MMTPA of LNG upon completion.

Courtesy: Indian Express