Hyderabad, Dec 30 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to increase geothermal power to meet the growing energy requirements of the state by adopting state-of-the-art technology.
State Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP) Managing Director Lingaraj Panigrahi told UNI that an ongoing survey being conducted by National Geophysics Research Institute, has discovered a thick and contiguous layer of granite about one to two km below the earth's surface.
Such 'hot granite rock beds' were found in Hyderabad, Guntur, Prakasam and Nalgonda districts, stretching from Hyderabad to Ongole, according to the survey.
He said the layer, maintaining a temperature of 300 Deg Centigrade, was ideal to generate 1000 MW of power.
Stating that the survey was almost complete and the government was working out a project report, he added it would take seven to eight years to start generating power.
Geo-Syndicate, a private enterprise in collaboration with IIT, Mumbai, which had successfully commissioned a 20-MW plant in Australia recently using the heat below the earth's surface, has estimated that a capacity of over 2,000 MW could be created in the granite belt in the state.