India misses power capacity generation target in Jan

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 26 2009, 04:34am hrs
The much-debated capacity addition programme of 78,700 mw is going at a snails pace. According to the Central Electricity Authoritys (CEA) report in January, there has been a paltry addition of 115 mw in hydro, against the target of 800 mw. Besides, for the current year 2008-09 too, an addition of 7,103 mw is expected against the target of 11,061 mw. During April 2008-January 2009, the capacity addition was a mere 2,673.80 mw, against the target of 10,387.20 mw, a deficit of 7,713.40 mw. At present, Indias installed capacity is 1,47,457,81 mw.

Sources said, There are slippages in capacity addition, largely due to delays in the procurement of plant equipment, fuel linkages and the supply of raw material in the present downturn. In January 2008, the capacity addition target of 1,461 mw was missed since the country could achieve an addition of only 778 mw. The generation in January this year amounted to 61,163.15 million units against the target of 66,735 million units.

Moreover, the CEA has revealed that the peaking shortage is reported at minus 12.5% in January. 93,300 mw of demand was met against the peak demand of 1,06,336 mw, leaving a deficit of 13.306 mw. The western region, comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa, reported the highest level of peaking shortfall at 6,412 mw, followed by the northern region at 3,182 mw and the southern region at 2,801 mw.

The energy shortfall was minus 11.9% against the requirement of 66,445 million units and the availability was 58,540 mw, leaving a deficit of 7,905 million units. The western region reported an energy deficit of 3,854 million units, followed by the northern region at 2,438 million units and the southern region at 1,156 million units.

Meanwhile, power utilities are expected to miss their coal import target of 20 million tonne in 2008-09 due to the delay in the placement of orders and re-negotiation of prices with buyers. So far power firms have been able to import 13 million tonne and are likely to ship another 2 mt by fiscal end.