CIAL to enter power generating sector

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015,19:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Nedumbassery, Kerala | After its overwhelming success, Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), the first greenfield airport in the country built under public-private partnership, was now planning to expand its wings to power generation sector, a top CIAL official informed.
Addressing media here, CIAL Managing Director  V J Kurian disclosed the CIAL Infrastructure Limited, a subsidiary of the CIAL, was intending to focus on power sector, both in solar and mini hydel projects in the state.
With the successful generation of 12 MW Solar plant at the airport, which would be commissioned on August 18, the CIAL was now turning its attention to small hydel projects and the company had already identified eight such projects in the state, he said adding the first project would come up at Aripara in Kozhikode District in three months.
Informing similar projects would be constructed in Kannur, Eranakulam, Idukki, Pathanamthita and Kollam Districts, he said through these hydel projects, the CIAL was targeting to generate 50 MW of power and necessary approval from the government had already been received in this regard.
Since China was expert in such kinds of hydel projects, technical know-how would be made available from that country, he added. Besides, the CIAL was also exploring possibilities of ”floating solar energy” as land was scarce in Kerala and studies in this regard was going on, Mr Kurian said.
CIAL is all set to become the first airport in the country which would be operating on solar power. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate CIAL’s green initiative–a 12MWp solar power project set up on the premises of the airport on August 18. When the photovoltaics (PV) panels laid across 45 acres near cargo complex become functional, Cochin airport will have 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day to be consumed for all its operational functions, which will technically make the airport absolutely power neutral.
CIAL, which has adorned many firsts in its cap, like being the pioneer in PPP model in building an airport to introducing a path-breaking rehabilitation package for evictees, has ventured into the Solar PV sector during March 2013, by installing a 100 kWp solar PV Plant on the roof top of the Arrival Terminal Block. This was a trend setter in the field of grid-connected solar PV in the state of Kerala.
After the successful commissioning of this plant, CIAL installed a 1 MWp solar PV power plant partly on the roof top and partly on the ground in the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar facility within the Airport premises. Both these plants are equipped with a SCADA system, through which remote monitoring is carried out.
After commissioning, these plants have so far saved more than 550MT of CO2 emission contributing to the efforts of CIAL towards minimizing environmental degradation. After commissioning, this installation is expected to generate around 48000 units per day, which along with the electricity generated from the existing 1.10 MWp plants, would be sufficient to meet the power requirement of the Airport.