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Group plans small-scale geothermal plant in Southern India

Hussain Sagar Lake, Telangana, India (source: flickr/ ankurp)
Alexander Richter 20 Feb 2020

A collaboration of a coal company and a local energy company plans to explore for geothermal energy potential in the State of Telengana, Southern India - with a planned small-scale geothermal pilot plant.

During a survey by scientists of the Geological Survey of India, and drilling 10 test wells, a lot of hot water was found. Now efforts are made by SCCL and TSGenco to tap those resources, in particular from hot springs in forests around Pagideru and Khammamthogu villages in Pinapaka assembly constituency. The region is in the Bhadradri-Kothagudem district in the eastern region of the Indian state of Telangana in Southern India.

The companies are planning to drill wells to a depth of around 1,600 meters to access steam and hot water that could be used to turn steam turbines to produce electricity.

The Singareni Collieries Company Limited or SCCL is a government-owned coal mining company in India that has come forward as investor to the project. The technical partner to the project is TSGenco, Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited. Both are planning a 20 kW pilot plant that is to provide electricity to the nearest villages free of cost.

TSGenco will also be extending funds for the project under CSR. An MoU in this regard is expected to be signed between SCCL and TSGenco.

Source: Deccan Chronicle