Adani Ports to Revive Power Project at Vizhinjam
Thiruvananthapuram: While the commissioning of Kerala’s dream infrastructure project, Vizhinjam Seaport in Thiruvananthapuram, has been postponed to October 2020, Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Limited has announced its plans to revive the energy plant project for generating power from waves at Vizhinjam. Following a study conducted by IIT Madras, the project was set up at Vizhinjam in 1991 on an experimental basis. However, over the years it was abandoned.
A US firm and Adani Group are trying to create a 1-MW wave power-based plant, according to Rajesh Jha, CMD of Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt. Ltd.
Adani Ports is planning to set up a one megawatt electricity generation plant as part of the seaport. The project, touted as the first-of-its-kind in India, aims to highlight the huge potential of Kerala’s coastline having a length of 580 km.
“A private energy company from the US and Adani Group are trying to create a 1-MW wave power-based power plant which will be feeding to Vizhinjam Seaport,” said Rajesh Jha, Chairman and MD of Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Limited. Adani Ports plans to sell the energy to Kerala State Electricity Board.
Work to be Fast-tracked
With monsoon and scarcity of stones for the construction of breakwater and groynes slowing down the work of the port, Rajesh promised that it would be speeded up from October. “From October, there will be a major fillip,” he said.
The State Government has recently stated that Adani Group is responsible for ensuring the supply of stones like granite for the construction of groynes. Further, the government has offered its help for procuring these.
“Granite is a low-value item and hence, cannot be shipped in from very long distances. We have been given Rs. 1463 crore for the construction of breakwater and were supposed to procure stones from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts. It will be difficult if we do not get stones from these places, because it is not practical to procure them from other places farther,” Rajesh said.
Commenting on the extension of deadline for the completion of the port’s first phase, he said that Cyclone Ockhi dealt a big blow to the project. “Almost 200 metres of breakwater was washed away, piling platform was damaged and pile got tilted. When a pile is damaged, we cannot pull it out instead we have put two more piles to recover it. Besides these, the land reclaimed during the operations also was washed away. It was a big calamity and we couldn’t in any way prevent it,” he said.
Rajesh hopes that the supply of stones will become normal before October this year. According to the CEO, there will be a gap of one year before the commencement of work of the second phase.