Sunday, July 09, 2017

CIAL eyeing to become 2nd largest power producer in Kerala in 3 years: V J Kurien

Kochi: Can an airport become a big power producer too? If things progress as planned, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) will emerge as the second largest power producer in the state after Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), in three years. CIAL, which has many firsts in its cap, such as being the pioneer in PPP model in building an airport and becoming the first solar-powered airport in the world, is eyeing to become the second largest power producer in the state in three years, says its managing director V J Kurien. In an interview to Express, he said the airport company, which has an installation capacity of generating around 30 MW solar power in its vicinity, is expected to generate 100 MW energy in three years.

All the hurdles for setting up the hydel power projects, having a total capacity of 62 MW, have almost been cleared.These include hydro electrical projects at Kakkadam Poyil, having a capacity of 21 MW, a 3 MW unit at Arippara in Kozhikode, a 10 MW unit at Kaithakkolli in Wayanad, 2 MW in Kazhuthuruthi in Kollam, 2.2 MW in Urumbini near Kakkad in Pathanamthitta, 2.61 MW in Thoniyar in Idukki, 1 MW in Thooval in Idukki and 2 MW in Kokkamullu in Kozhikode.

“Once the projects come on stream, we will become the second largest power producer in the state,” Kurien said.The highlight of the airport company is generation of power by reducing cost as low as possible.
09/07/17 Dhinesh Kallungal & Rajesh Abraham/New Indian Express

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