Punjab power woes likely to continue till August, Ratra

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Patiala, Jul 24 (UNI) Power cuts would continue for sometime as real time availability of power to Punjab has been drastically reduced due to deficient rainfall in the power-supplying states, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board Y S Ratra said here today.

States in Southern and Western regions of National power Grid like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pardesh have backed out of the earlier agreement to bank power with PSEB as the water level in their hydel reservoirs have fallen to lowest levels.

This had severely affected their power generation capacity and led to temporary shortfall in power availability leading to imposition of heavy power cuts to meet the gap between demand and supply, Mr Ratra said.

Moreover, many states with which PSEB had entered into firm contracts for supply of power during paddy have withdrawn the power unilaterally under Force Majeure clause of the contract.

As a consequence, availability of Power to PSEB has reduced by 600MW (1340 lakhs units) against the demand of 1750 lakh units per day creating a gap of 410 lakh units leading to the powercuts. PSEB could only draw 70 MW from the National grid yesterday against 420MW on same day last year, he said.

PSEB has increased power cuts from 6 hours to 8 hours in urban areas and from 12 hours to 18 hours in rural area for domestic supply, Mr Ratra said.

Mr Ratra informed that this position was likely to remain unchanged till the end of this month. However, if the rains improve in the Southern and Western region, the position could become comfortable during August.

Mr Ratra further informed that the generation in the Northern region has also reduced due to continued outage of one 500MW unit of Singraouli Power Plant (UP) since June 23 and one 210MW unit of Unchahar (UP) since July 20.

Further, due to partial availability of Liquid fuel at Dadri Power Plant (UP), its generators are not operating at full capacity. The loss of PSEB share is 70MW.

Moreover, BBMB was still to resume full release of water from Pong dam. They are only releasing 5000 cusecs of water against the capacity of 12000 cusecs of Mukerian Project thereby affecting the Generation at MHP.

The generation loss to PSEB is to the tune of 150MW from both these projects, he said.

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