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Power situation likely to ease soon in AP

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WITH the power demand supply mismatch creating problems in Andhra Pradesh due to maintenance of some units and outage in Simhadri 500 MW unit, the State Government and APTransco are working up a series of measures to meet the enhanced power requirement and restore generation facility at the earliest.

The prolonged dry spell, dwindling reservoir levels and increased power requirement has added to the problems of the State administration. The demand has gone up to about 38 MUs per day as against 124 MUs during same time last year.

The Chairperson and Managing Director, APTransco, Ms Rachel Chatterjee, has stated that APTrasco and discoms were making all out efforts in pursuing with all generating stations of APGenco, Central and IPPS to maximise generation.

Further, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has taken up with the Union Government and officials of NTPC for initiating steps for early restoration of NTPC Simhadri unit. The CMD said that sustained efforts were being made to minimise interruptions by load management so as to maintain system frequency and security of the grid. There is no power crisis as made out, she said.

However, the power generated within the State was estimated at about 127 MUs and APTransco has stepped up efforts to restore the demand supply mismatch by setting right the crippled generation and procuring additional power from Central generating stations.

The situation turned troublesome for APTransco as the 500 MW NTPC Simhadri unit, which delivers about 12 MUs per day, was offline due to a boiler leak and the generation at the Srisailam reservoir has become nil as there were no fresh inflows into the reservoir where the level is about 792 feet as against 800 ft required for generation.

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