Under the circumstances, the petitioner was compelled to look to other sources of
supply of less costly power. The Power Trading Corporation has agreed to supply power to the petitioner at the rate of Rs. 2.50 per kWh at the point of interconnection between the Kerala Transmission System and Southern Region Transmission System. The power received at the interconnecting point is to be transmitted to the smelter located at Alupuram, Kalamassery using the transmission system of KSEB. The petitioner has therefore requested the Commission to allow it to avail power from PTC using the transmission system of the KSEB on open access basis in accordance with the provisions
of the Electricity Act, 2003 and also decide on the wheeling The petitioner suggested a wheeling charge including losses,
charges, etc., for the usage. not exceeding Ps. 10/kWh.
The petition was notified to the KSEB on 3.7.2003 requesting for its response to
The Government of Kerala were also requested to offer the views of the
Government in the matter.
The KSEB in its reply dated 4.8.2003 stated that the present network of KSEB would become insufficient to transmit KSEB's entitlement from the Central Sector Power Stations located outside Kerala, which may reach a level of 900-1000 MW in the immediate future. The Board also pointed out certain constraints in the 400/220 kV transformer capacity for availing power by Indal through the Madakkathara 400/220 kV substation. The Board suggested fixing the transmission charges at Ps. 35/kWh based on the transmission charges for the transmission system associated with the Kayamkulam power station of NTPC. The Board also demanded transmission losses @ 8% of the transmitted energy, a surcharge of Ps. 42/kWh and an additional surcharge to offset the commitment charges.
demands of the KSEB. The petitioner in its rejoinder filed on 15th August 2003 refuted the contention of the KSEB regarding transmission constraints. The petitioner stated that the Board had a normal transmission capacity of 1100 MW for import of power from outside the State, if the capacities of all the inter-State 400 kV and 200 kV lines were
utilized. the hydel import of
The maximum import so far made by KSEB was 620 MW in April 2003 when generation was an all time low. The petitioner contented that the quantum of power by KSEB, under any circumstance would not exceed 750 MW in the
near future. To reinforce the KSEB, stated that the power
the petitioner quoting from the budget of the projection for 2003-04 was only 6156 MU
including that from power stations Board's own admission, the 400
of other agencies located within the State. Further, by kV Madurai-Thiruvananthapuram line and associated
substation would contented that the
be commissioned by December, 2003. The petitioner therefore Board's transmission system had sufficient capacity for transmission of
30 MW of power, as sought by the maximum import by KSEB through
petitioner. The the 400/220 kV
petitioner further stated that the substation at Madakkathara had
never exceeded 400 MW and therefore there would additional 30 MW for the use by the petitioner, as substation had a capacity of 630 MW.
be any difficulty of importing transformers at Madakkathara