MSEB For Deals With TPC, PTC For Power Purchase

Mumbai, Sept 18: | Updated: Sep 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) would shortly ink deals with Power Trading Corporation (PTC) and Tata Power Company (TPC) for the purchase of 200 mw each in a serious bid to tackle the mounting power shortage in the state.

PTC has quoted the per unit tariff of Rs 2.31 for the supply of 200 mw through 400 kv Rourkela double circuit line while TPCs per unit tariff for the morning peak would be Rs 2.44 for 100 mw and Rs 2.66 for 100 mw during evening peak.

MSEB sources told FE that these agenices had responded to MSEBs tender with regard to the supply of 1,000 mw. The state-run National Thermal Power Corporation had also responded and quoted the per unit tariff of Rs 2.80 for the supply of power at certain time during the day.

According to sources, MSEB would approach MERC to get its nod for the drawal of power quoted by PTC and TPC. MSEB has ben currently shedding load of around 2,000 mw during peak hours. MSEB has projected that the daily load shedding may increase to about 2,500 to 2,900 mw in October especially in view of drought conditions prevailing in seven districts of Maharashtra and also due to an hike in demand due to October heat. Sources said that MSEB has also been insisting on the recommissioning of Dabhol phase-I (658 mw) to overcome the power shortage. The state governnment has already given its nod for the resumption of drawal of Dabhol phase-I by MSEB at the per unit tariff of Rs 2.80 at 83 per cent plant load factor.

Moreover, MSEB has been in constant touch with the western regional load dispatch centre for arranging power supply from the north and north eastern states. It had drawn about 900 mw last summer at the rate ranging between Rs 2 and Rs 2.50.