Power crisis deepens in Punjab as second unit at Talwandi Sabo plant develops problem
With the second unit at the Talwandi Sabo plant developing a problem, the power situation in Punjab worsened, causing a shortage of over 600 MW of power.
Amid continued instances of power outages, consumer protests have been reported in several places. Sunday’s hitch also raised concerns that restrictions on the industrial sector for the use of electricity might not be lifted. The industrial units located in the central and northern areas have been closed for three days.
Statewide, domestic and commercial consumers have also complained of unplanned power outages, ranging from two to four hours. The reason for these cuts was a leak in the boiler tube of a 660 MW power plant in Talwandi Sabo and it would take two to three days for the plant to be operational. Another unit (660 MW) has been shut down for some time due to a problem and is not expected to return to production until towards the end of this month.
Meanwhile, PSPCL sent a penalty notice to the Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant. âThe PSPCL has repeatedly requested TSPL to ensure the full availability of its 3 units during the paddy season, including unit no. 3 forced out, which TSPL has not done so far as the paddy season is in full swing, âsaid A Venu Prasad, CMD.
He further stated that PSPCL sent a notice to TSPL asking them to explain why the capacity charge should not be deducted for the entire 2021-22 contract year given the non-availability of its out-of-service unit and be penalized because of the difficulties encountered by the inhabitants of the Punjab. The state increased the purchasing power of the electricity exchange, after the state’s transmission capacity was further increased by the Indian government from 400 MW, to 7,800 MW.
The state’s transmission capacity was 6,400 MW last year and has been increased to 7,400 MW this year. Talwandi Sabo Power Limited is the largest thermal power plant in northern India set up by Vedanta Company in the village of Banawala, near Mansa, under a private partnership, with a total capacity of 1980 MW and three units of 680 MW each. Currently, the thermal power plant supplies approximately 1,178 MW to the north grid.
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