Riding on the back of its stated objective to become power neutral by 2016, at least two of the eight small hydroelectric power stations to be set up by CIAL Infrastructure — a subsidiary of the Cochin International Airport Limited — are set to become operational by May next year.
Land acquisition for the two projects, coming up at Kakkadam Poyil (21 MW) and Kokkamkallu (2MW) in Kozhikode district, are already under way. “The agency is now working on a schedule to generate power from these two projects alongside the launch of the upcoming international terminal at CIAL, expected in May 2016,” official sources said.
With the opening of the new international terminal, the daily power requirement of CIAL is expected to go up to 1.1 lakh units from the present 50,000 units. The power to be generated from these projects will be fed to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) power grid.
Last year, the airport company received sanction from the State government to start eight small hydroelectric power stations across the State with a total capacity of 42.61 MW. In addition to Kakkadam Poyil and Kokkamkallu, other projects coming up include a 3 MW unit at Arippara in Kozhikode district and a 10MW unit at Kaithakkolli in Wayanad district. The other units will be located at Kazhuthuruthi (2 MW) in Kollam district, Urumbini (2.2 MW) near Kakkad in Pathanamthitta, Thoniyar (2.61 MW) and Thooval (1 MW) in Idukki, and Kokkamullu (2 MW) in Kozhikode.
Meanwhile, officials said survey of land for five other projects was complete and detailed project reports have been prepared.
As part of its attempts to become power neutral, CIAL is slated to commission a 12 MW solar power plant on its property. The project, implemented at a cost of Rs.55 crore, is expected to generate around 48,000 units of electricity per day, which along with the existing 1.10 MW solar plant, will be sufficient to meet CIAL’s current power requirement of 50,000 units.