The Kerala government is planning to set up a 300-Mw power plant using petcoke, to be produced from BPCL’s Kochi refinery after the completion of the proposed integrated refinery expansion project (IREP).
Inaugurating a 220-kV substation on the Kochi refinery premises, state power minister Aryadan Mohamed said that the government would extent all possible support to the capacity expansion project of the refinery.
The new 220-KV substation at the Kochi refinery is all set to revitalise the electrical transmission network of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and enhance the reliability of power in Kochi. The commissioning of the substation marks a new chapter in the industrial history of Kerala with the Kochi refinery becoming the first extra-high-voltage (EHV) consumer of KSEB at the 220 KV transmission level.
Built at a cost of around Rs 75 crore by BPCL, the substation will cater to the additional power requirements of the refinery. It would also pave the way for the setting up of a 110-KV substation, which is being envisaged by KSEB on the Kochi refinery land itself.
All these would substantially contribute to KSEB’s capability to maintain stable and reliable power in the area and thereby support the upcoming IREP of the Kochi refinery.