AP faces shortage of power due to outages

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on March 09, 2011

To request Centre for higher allocation

APTransco is faced with sudden loss of generation of 1,420 MW due to drop in power supplies in the State following outages. The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, is likely to request the Centre for allocation from unallocated pool to get over the situation.

According to a statement, the loss of generation of around 1,260 MW due to forced outages of three thermal units of AP Genco and two gas-based independent power producers (IPPs).

The Kakatiya Thermal Power Project of AP Genco (500 MW), KTPS-VII Unit of 120 MW, KTPS-II Unit 60 MW, RTPP (Rayalaseema TPP) 200 MW are out of the supply grid. Generation has been reduced due to coal problem in all the five units of 210 MW each leading to a total shortage of 880 MW. Lanco's 100 MW unit and Konaseema 280 MW are also out of supply grid as they have stopped producing, leading to total shortage of about 1,260 MW from AP Genco and IPPs.

Inter-State purchases

In addition to these, there is a loss of 160 MW from inter-State purchases due to outage of the merchant plant of Jindal (Karnataka), which has been supplying power to Andhra Pradesh. Hence the total loss of generation is 1,420 MW, which comes to around 34 MU a day. In addition to above, the Central share of Andhra Pradesh has already been reduced by 125 MW (2.5/ MU a day) since March 2.

Mr Reddy has already taken up the matter with the Centre and has written a letter to the Union Minister for Power, Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde, requesting for additional supplies. The Centre was requested to immediately restore 238 MW to Andhra Pradesh from the unallocated power of Central Generating Stations (CGS) in the Southern region.

Due to loss of around 36.5 MU a day, hydel generation has been stepped up. The demand has reached 254 MU, highest in the State's history, despite purchasing 1,000 MW. Due to sudden loss of 1,420 MW for the reasons beyond the control of Discoms, there is a shortage of power at present. Therefore, the loads are being regulated by giving necessary load relief in across all the Discoms.

The AP Transco has hinted at power supply problem for the next few days by which time most of the units are expected to come back. Normalcy is expected to be restored by March 12. Efforts are also on to get regasified liquefied natural gas supply from GAIL, RIL, RGTIL for IPPs.

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Published on March 09, 2011
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