States In Western Region Face 5,000 MW Daily Load-shedding

Mumbai, September 25: | Updated: Sep 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The state electricity boards (SEBs) from the western region (WR) will have to resort to a daily planned load-shedding of at least 5,000 mw in view of the rise in power demand during the rabi season commencing from October 15.

Against the power demand of 27,800 mw, the actual availability will be around 22,000 mw in the western region comprising Maharshtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Goa during this season.

The region has an installed capacity of 31,509 mw. However, at present the availability was around 21,500 mw which has compelled the SEBs to carry out a daily load-shedding of 4,000 mw. According to the PowerGrid Corporation, which works as the western region load dispatch centre (WRLDC), Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) has to resort to a load-shedding of 2,000 mw despite the availability of 10,500 mw, Gujarat State Electricity Board (GSEB) -1,500 mw (6,500 mw). Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) with an availability of 3,500 mw and Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) with 1,450 mw and Goa with 200 mw will also have to carry out certain load-shedding to meet the peak demand.

The PowerGrid sources told FE on Wednesday that the demand for power has already shot up by 2,500 mw in the WR and said that it would further increase by another 2,000 mw on account of commencment of rabi farming. The load-shedding of at least 5,000 mw is essential also because generating plants with capacity of 5,500 mw are under planned and forced outages. It comprises 2,500 mw in Maharashtra, 1,350 mw in Gujarat, 400 mw in MP, 500 mw in Chhattisgarh and 850 mw in the central sector, sources added.

According to Western Regional Electricity Board (WREB) member secretary A Velayutham, the power generation of 390 mw was not available as Kadana and Ukai -IV hydro-projects have been closed down in view of the non-availability of sufficient power.