Western region to witness frequent blackouts till March

Mumbai, Jan 26 | Updated: Jan 27 2005, 05:30am hrs
The western region comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa would have frequent blackouts mainly on account of non-availability of power.

According to the forecast by Western Region Electricity Board (WREB), the anticipated unrestricted demand of the western grid during January-March would be 30,701mw - 31,226mw. However, the availability would quite less ranging between 23,683mw - 24,243mw during the same period. The deficit would be in the range of 6,697 mw- 7,712mw.

The ensuing power situation in the western grid would be discussed at length at the WREBs meeting scheduled for February 2 and 3 in Mumbai. Sources said that the constituent state electricity boards (SEBs) from the western region would have to strictly adhere to various measures in a bid to maintain the grid frequency.

As the shortage position is likely to continue in the coming months, it is necessary that strict instructions are given to the system operating personnel not to overdraw from the grid below 49 Hz and in the event the system is operating below 49 Hz with no overdrawal, sources said.

In Maharashtra alone, the Maharashtra State Electricity Board would have to face a power shortfall of 2,973 mw in February and a record 3,233 mw in March.

According to sources, the constituent state electricity boards would have to carry out additional load shedding as per the instructions from the Western Regional Load

Dispatch Centre (WRLDC) in real time to maintain the grid security.

Sources indicated that the system demand in Madhya Pradesh system is likely to go down from the middle of February onwards.

The PowerGrid Corporation, which acts as WRLDC, has indicated that 400 KV Raipur-Bhadravati double circuit would be commissioned in March this year.

The first 500 mw unit at Tarapur atomic plant extension is also expected to be commissioned in March.

This will help the constituent state electricity boards to draw some more power and maintain the grid discipline, the sources noted.