Low water discharge hits power generation in SJVNL project

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Shimla, Dec 13 (UNI) Power generation in the public sector 1500 MW Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) project in Kinnuar and Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh has come down by 80 per cent following low water discharge in the Satluj River due to sub zero temperatures.

''The plant is generating only 7.27 million units (MUs) of power as against 36 MUs power per day, a fall of about 80 per cent, due to low water discharge in the River,'' a company spokesman told UNI here.

He said the water discharge in the river at Naptha had fallen below 75 cusecs, forcing the plant authorities to run six units of 250 MW each alternatively.

The hydro power authorities were storing extra water in the dam during the mornings and evenings and running each unit alternatively to generate about 7.27 MUs of power, the spokesman said.

He, however, maintained that the shutting down of power units during the winter season was a routine exercise, adding that the generation was likely to fall further due to the extreme cold conditions.

The SJVNL is a joint venture between the Himachal Government and the Centre in the 25:75 ratio.

UNI

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