Jat agitation costs Haryana thermal power plants dear

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 23 2011, 09:23am hrs
Jat agitation for job reservation has cost dear to thermal power generation in Haryana. The coal supply to the thermal plants has been badly hit in the state due to the protest, leading to a dip in power generation. The power plants are running out of coal and the situation is likely to worsen with the spreading of agitation. The trains stand cancelled every day and the lack of coal has forced the thermal power plants to close various units.

The total installed generation capacity of Haryana Power Generation Corporation (HPGCL) is 3,230 mw. At present both the units at 1,200 mw Khedar thermal plant have been shut and the state is facing a generation loss of 288 lakh units on daily basis. The two units require about 22,000 tonne of coal per day on an average basis. Sanjeev Kaushal, managing director, HPGCL told FE that the corporation is facing a loss of R10 crore everyday due to closure of these units at Khedar. Since both the units had started commercial production the entire capacity of 1,200 mw has been hit. Unit II was closed on March 9 and unit I on March 10. These units were generating 1,100 mw of power till March 9. The coal stocks have run out and the railway tracks are not open yet. The coal to these units comes from the Mahanadi Coal fields in Orissa and there is no alternate route to carry coal as well, he said.

The state, to tackle the increased consumption of power in the summer, is purchasing power from the power exchange and undertaking unscheduled interchange of power. Kaushal added, We have been purchasing 600 mw of power from the exchange and there was an unscheduled interchange of upto 150 lakh units to avoid serious shortages.

On an average the state utilities are supplying 375 lakh units per day as on date. Though the actual generation is around 410 lakh units but the internal consumption is deducted from it.

Apart from this two units (units 7 and 8) at the 1,360 mw Panipat thermal power plant are also working on marginal coal stocks. They are fed on daily coal supplies and are under risk of running out of coal if there are more blockages in supply. Ten days back 210 mw units 4 and 5 were shut down due to coal problem.

As per information available there are coal stocks to last for another 4-5 days. After that the units may have to be shut down. Panipat thermal power plant requires above 22,000 tonne of coal per day on an average. Yamunanagar thermal power plant too is working on marginal coal stocks. If the Jat agitation further intensifies in the coming days these two plants may also stop generating power.