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Panaji, Sept. 8

Goa's Power Department may have to resort to "limited" load shedding to some major industries in case the Western region does not permit substantial over-draw of power during peak hours, the State Government has indicated on Thursday.

The Government has decided to purchase power from Power Trading Corporation (PTC) temporarily to overcome a possible power crisis for next few months when grid power stations in the neighbourhood would be out of service for maintenance.

At a Cabinet meeting held here on Thursday, the Government decided to buy 50 MW power from PTC @ Rs 5.32 per unit. The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane, told presspersons after the Cabinet meet that the State would be short of around 100 MW during the peak hours and as such a limited power shedding may have to be resorted to during peak hours for some big industries.

He said the problem was that the 500-MW power generation unit of Korba Super Thermal Power Station in the Western region was under major overhaul throwing the operations out of service for nearly 45 days. This would drastically affect Goa, he said.

To add to that, Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station in the Southern region would be out of service for annual maintenance for around 30 days further reducing Goa's allocation by 21 MW. On the home front, the Reliance Energy Power plant in south Goa is also under planned shutdown from September 25.

The State Electricity procures around 16 MW from this only power generating plant in the State.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 9, 2006)
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