Power demand in Punjab crosses 14,000 MW, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


PATIALA: The power demand in Punjab crossed 14,000 MW on Monday as the third phase of paddy season has started in the agrarian state and the paddy farmers are being supplied eight-hour regular power supply.

The power demand by 3pm touched 14,182 MW of which PSPCL was drawing more than 8,500 MW from the northern grid to meet the demand. Sources revealed that the PSPCL’s own gross generation was around 5,600 MW including 1,150 MW from the state sector’s own thermal generation, 800 MW from Hydro generation and 3,200 MW from the private power generators.

Sources said out of total 15 units in Punjab, including the IPPs, around 13 power units were operational as one unit of GVK power plant has faced breakdown due to technical fault.

One unit of state-run Lehra Mohabbat power plant is already facing shut down since last year following ESP breakdown and would not be able to generate power this paddy season.

Last year, the power demand on these days was between 11,025 MW to 11347 MW. The maximum power demand in the state has increased by about 3000 MW over last year’s demand. On Sunday the maximum power demand was 11997 MW and PSPCL supplied 2446 lakh units. Even PSPCL sold 16.8 lakh units through exchange.

The third and fourth phase of agriculture supply have been scheduled to start from June 19 and 21 respectively. In first phase of paddy sowing farmers having their land across the international border were provided 8 hours power supply to sow the paddy crop from June 10 onwards. From June 16 the farmers in Ferozepur, Faridkot, Pathankot, Fatehgarh, Gurdaspur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Tarn Taran districts were provided an 8-hour power supply.

Though PSPCL, this year, is having enough coal stock with it however the two private power plants in Punjab are having the coal stocks for less than week. The power demand in the months of April and May was also recorded less than compared last year thus allowing power plants to save their coal.

As on Sunday, GHTP Lehra Mohabbat is having 26.8 days of coal stock whereas GGSSTP Ropar is having 44.4 days coal stock. The cumulative Plant Load Factor (PLF) of both these plants for last three days was recorded 76.48 per cent and 84.33 per cent respectively.

Among the Independent Power Producers (IPPs), the NPL has 34 days of coal stock while its PLF of last 3 cumulative days was 83.5 percent. However, the TSPL has 6.7 days coal stock as on Sunday and GVK has 2.6 days coal stock whereas the cumulative PLF of last three days remained 95.5 per cent and 37.6 per cent respectively.

“The water level in the hydro plants reservoir is in better position than last year’s level on the same day. The water level in Bhakra reservoir is 1577 feet which is 19.5 feet more than last year’s level of 1567.5 feet on the corresponding day. At Ranjit Sagar water level is 511.97 which is more than 6.7 meters higher from last year’s level of 505.2 meters. Last year on June 29 the maximum power demand of 14207 MW in Punjab surpassed its earlier record of 14056 MW. Normally the maximum demand and supply comes in the last days of June, when it is expected to cross 15000 MW. All the seven available thermal units in the state sector are running at slightly reduced load. The last phase of paddy power supply will begin on June 21 and after that the maximum power demand will then cross 15500 MW by June end”, said Vinod Gupta, AIPEF spokesperson.

  • Published On Jun 21, 2023 at 04:38 PM IST

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