Hyderabad: Buoyed by the successful diversification of its business activities of thermal and solar power generation along with coal production, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has now entered into geothermal power generation on a pilot basis in Pagideru village of Manuguru coal belt region in erstwhile Khammam district.
Incidentally, the geothermal power plant is the first-of-its-kind in the country taken up by the SCCL in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Union Ministry of Coal, at a cost of Rs.1.72 crore.
The SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar convened a meeting with representatives of the executing agency Sriram Institute of Industrial Research and set a March 2022 target for completion of the project.
Since hot steam wells were noticed in Manuguru regions during drilling to identify coal reserves by Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Singareni authorities, the SCCL sent a proposal to the Ministry of Coal about tapping of geothermal energy from the hot steams in the region.
Accordingly, the Ministry had given its nod and released Rs.1.72 crore for execution of geothermal power plant to generate 20 kilowatts of power. The plant would come up in 3,000 square yards and tap hot steams, which was coming from the depth of around 1,000 meters, to generate power.
The authorities already visited the project site and took up necessary studies for the execution of the project. Presently, the farmers of the village were using the water for agricultural purpose, washing clothes and other purposes.
Even after completion of the geothermal power project, the locals can utilise the recycled water for their requirements as usual.
Sridhar said the completion of geothermal power project in Manuguru region would help the government to take up similar projects across the country wherever there were hot water steams and generate geothermal power at a less cost.
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