Yelahanka gas-based power plant commissioning likely this summer
- Test operations expected to coincide with summer when the peak load sees a sharp rise
- Work on the plant, launched in June 2016, was expected to be completed by May 2018
- KSPCB has not yet given approval for operations of the plant.
- Pegged to be Bengaluru’s first own power plant, its construction was launched by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in June 2016 and was expected to be ready by May 2018. The 370-MW plant is coming up in place of a defunct diesel plant at a cost of ₹1,570 crore.
- Power is transmitted to Bengaluru from thermal stations in Ballari, Raichur, and other parts of the country. The Yelahanka plant is touted to be a useful resource to manage any sudden requirement and peak load management by enabling easy start and stop of supply.
- he Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) had recommended to the KPCL that the plant should have a “zero liquid discharge effluent treatment plant with RO (reverse osmosis) and MEE (multiple effect evaporation)”.
- A gas-based plant, pollution levels would be “considerably lower” when compared with thermal power plants.