July 22, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Yelahanka Gas Power Plant to be inaugurated in second week of July

Bengaluru, June 26: The state’s first gas-based 370 MW capacity, ‘Yelahanka Combined Cycle Power Plant’ (CCPP), a unique and significant addition to our energy infrastructure, is set to be commissioned in the second week of July near Yelahanka.

At a progress review meeting chaired by Energy Minister KJ George at Belaku Bhavana on Wednesday, it was decided that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would inaugurate the plant.

Established by KPCL, the plant will generate 236.825 MW through a gas turbine generator and 133.225 MW through a steam turbine generator, totaling 370.05 MW. The combined cycle pilot production process has already been completed.

Energy Minister, KJ George emphasized the project’s significance: “This is an important project for our government and KPCL. It is a matter of pride that a government organization produces gas-based electricity for the first time in the state. All preparatory work must be completed swiftly to ensure the inauguration in the second week of July.”

Reflecting on the project’s history, Energy Minister KJ George added, “In 2016, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah laid the foundation stone for the Yelahanka Combined Cycle Power Plant. Now, with all work completed, he will inaugurate it, demonstrating our government’s commitment to power generation. His vision and leadership have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.”

Senior officials, including Gaurav Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary of the Energy Department, KPTCL Managing Director Pankaj Kumar Pandey, R. Nagaraj, Finance Director of KPCL, Technical Director CM Diwakar, and other vital stakeholders, all of whom have played a crucial role in this initiative, participated in the meeting.

Waste-to-Power Generation Plant at Bidadi to Start Operations in July 2024

Energy Minister KJ George also reviewed the progress of the waste-to-power generation project in Bidadi. He announced that this power generation unit would be inaugurated in the last week of July.

The project, a joint effort by KPCL and BBMP with an investment of INR 260 crores, is designed to process 600 tons of waste and generate 11.5 MW of electricity. This collaborative initiative underscores our shared responsibility towards sustainable waste management and energy generation. Most of the work has been completed, and the Minister instructed officials to begin power generation trials and prepare for the inauguration.

“At this stage, electricity is being generated using dry waste. Once operational, the power generation unit will also help address the issue of waste disposal to some extent,” the Minister remarked.

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