Paddy sowing starts in Punjab,Power demand increases by 1400 MW on day one

June 16, 2017 05:33 PM

Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH: On the first day of 8 hour power supply for paddy plantation in Punjab the power demand rose by more than 1400 MW.
The maximum power demand in Punjab has touched 9524 MW MW an increase of 1450 MW over the previous day demand of 8071 MW before the start of paddy season. But this would increase to 11,000-12,000 MW in the paddy season.
The power supply has also increased by more than 316 lakh units in one day. On Thursday power supply was 2072 lakh units which comprised of 648 lakh units from state controlled thermal units , 200 lakh units from hydro plants and remaining 1220 lakh units from its share from central sector and other power purchase agreements.
Today 4 units of Ropar thermal plant, 2 units of Bhatinda thermal and all the four units of Lehra Mohabatt are running but with less load. Both units of rajpura thermal are also generating power . Talwandi Sabo thermal plant is under shut down after fire in its coal handling system.
The arrangements for power from outside have been made just to meet any exigency during the paddy season in which farmers need eight hours of uninterrupted power supply daily. As per CEA report Punjab may need 100 million units every month during paddy season.
PSPCL had floated tenders to buy 1,200-1,600 MW during the paddy season. It is learnt that from the Northern Corridor it may purchase 600 MW at Rs 3.16 a unit, while it also has the the option from buying the power from Western Corridor at Rs 2.68 a unit. Generating its own power costs PSPCL Rs 3.60 a unit.
It may be mentioned that as per Central Electricity Authority the Punjab will be able to meet the annual requirement of 55935 million units (MU) in the financial year 2017-18 but there is a surplus power available with PSPCL to the tune of 15000 MU round the year except during paddy season.

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