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Andhra Pradesh industries may get open access to power

According to reports, industries with power requirement of 1 MW and above are likely to get open access to power supply in the State .

The Andhra Pradesh Transmission Corporation (APTransco) would conduct a high-level meting with industry bodies such as Confederation of Indian Industry and Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry to discuss issues pertaining to open access power purchases from third party to meet industries’ energy needs.

“Utmost priority will be given to power infrastructure development to ensure adequate power supply to industry to the extent possible,’’ Suresh Chanda, Chairman and Managing Director, APTransco, said in a review meeting on the power scenario held here on Sunday.

In spite of several constraints due to fuel shortage such as coal and natural gas and transmission constraints, AP power utilities are keen to provide adequate power supply to industries to the extent possible to encourage industry for economical development and to ensure large-scale employment generation.

The pattern of electricity consumption in industrial sector in the State has increased to 35 per cent (2012-13) as against 15 per cent during 2001-02 and there are around 1,000 dedicated/express feeders in the State, according to a release.

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