Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 summer may not be power starved - The Times of India

LUCKNOW: Good news is in for power starved Uttar Pradesh. By April, the state would be richer by over 1400 MW, raising hope of respite from power cuts in summers.

To begin with, the first unit of the 600 MW at Anpara C is likely to get operational from February 15. Lanco, the private company, which was entrusted with the task of setting up the 1200 MW thermal power plant informed this to the top brass of UP Power Corporation Limited at a review meeting held at Shakti Bhawan on Tuesday.

The company also claimed of getting the second 600 MW unit operational by April 30 this year.

Lanco was the second power project after Shahjahanpur-based Rosa thermal project that was given to a private sector in 2007 amidst hue and cry from the state power employees, who demanded the project to be set up in the state sector.

Good news is also coming from the state owned units as well. The Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam too has claimed of getting the first 250 MW unit of the Harduaganj plant operational by April and the second unit of similar capacity by July.

Likewise, the first unit of 250 MW at Paricha would get steaming by November, while the second unit would start pumping another 250 MW into the state grid by December.

Chairman, UPPCL, Navneet Sehgal said that a set deadline has been put forth for the project to become operational. "Engineers and the concerned officials of UPPCL and the private companies have been asked to expedite construction of power projects," he said. Sehgal said that the state government was ready to provide requisite help to get the project started.

In a way, the addition of around 1450 MW by April end would put the state in a comfortable situation vis-a-vis over drawl from the central grid. Even on a normal summer afternoon, there is a gap of around 3000 MW between the demand and supply side. The addition of power to the state grid is expected to put the state in a suitably comfortable situation, if not making it self sufficient.

UPPCL sources said that the additional power generation would enable the corporation to provide power to the rural areas, which otherwise face major power crisis, specially during summers when power outages get prolonged for over 10 hours.

But while a promising power production comes to the sight, concerns have been there on the transmission side. Sehgal said that the officials have been asked to speed up the construction of transmission sub stations as part of preparations for the ensuing summers.

Source: 2011 summer may not be power starved - The Times of India

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