Recently, state’s energy minister DK Shivakumar reportedly said the state expects power demand to rise from around 8,500 MW to 9,500 MW — 10,500 MW in the upcoming festive season.
Karnataka will buy an additional 1,000 MW of power for eight months, starting Wednesday, as it faces a shortage of power supply from plants designated to the state. According to sources, the tenders have been won by Sembcorp (400 MW), JSW Energy (300 MW) the Nigrie and the Bina thermal units of Jaiprakash Power Ventures (100 MW each) and Shree Cements (100 MW). The state would buy the power at Rs 4.08/unit. The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission had allowed the state to float two separate tenders of 500 MW for the power procurement, one from power plants based in southern states, and the other from the rest of the country.
On September 17, the state’s own generating units produced 4,860 MW of power while it had to import 579 MW from other states to meet the demand of 5,430 MW. It also purchased 184 MW from the power exchange. Recently, state’s energy minister DK Shivakumar reportedly said the state expects power demand to rise from around 8,500 MW to 9,500 MW — 10,500 MW in the upcoming festive season. The peak demand of power in Karnataka in September 2016 was 9,500 MW. The state is currently facing a shortage of 3,300 MW from its designated power plants. There is a shortage of about 520 MW of hydro due to low water storage levels in hydro stations, an 700-MW unit at the Bellary power plant and the 1,600-MW Yeramarus units are under outage. Karnataka is also not receiving its 200 MW share of power from the under-maintenance 1,000 MW Kudankulam nuclear unit.