Visakhapatnam, 25th Feb: The north coastal Andhra would soon becoming the epicentre of power projects with as many as 17 projects in private sector and a nuclear power project in the public sector, generating 19,000 mega watts in the next couple of years.
The proposed nuclear power project in Srikakulam would alone produce 10,000 mega watts.Of these projects, 12 thermal projects in private sector would be set up in Visakhapatnam district, four in Srikakulam and one in Vizianagaram district. Sources in the industry said, “Continental Carbon India is being proposed in the district which is likely to produce 1.8 lakh tonnes carbon black apart from a cogeneration power project of 280 MW. Bharat Energy Private Limited is coming up with their power project at Tantadi village in the district which would produce 700 MW of power, estimated to cost around Rs 3,500 crore.”
The other projects include Sri Girija Power Limited coming up with 99 MW capacity plant, GD Infrastructure Private Limited 300 MW project and KVR Neelachal Private Limited 200 MW project at Paravada. The Anrak Alumina Limited would be setting up Rs 7,100 crore plant in Rachapalli which would also have a 100 MW captive power plant. Similarly, Astral Coke and Projects Limited would be setting up 60 MW captive power plant.
Ultra Power Project would be setting up gas-based 50 MW power plant in Nakkapalle mandal of the district. The East Coast Energy Private Limited is setting up 2,600 MW thermal power project at Kakarapalle village. Today Kakarapalli village fishermen protested agaist tne project work and hundreds of policemen attacked the villagers.The Nagarjuna Power Projects 2,040 MW project at Gollagandi village under Sompeta mandal and Meghavaram Powers Limited is setting up 450 MW project at Kakarapalle- all in Srikakulam district. The APGenco and KVR Industries are proposing 10 MW power project in Visakhapatnam.