LUCKNOW: Already facing shortage of coal, power plants in Uttar Pradesh are also receiving hiccups due to snags that threaten to get prolonged, thereby putting power supply in a grave jeopardy. The latest case pertains to tripping of two units of 200 Mw each at Obra power plant, which may revive only next year, UP Power Corporation Limited officials told TOI. Their claim is supported by the Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre, which suggests that the two units, cumulatively producing 400 Mw, may only revive by January 15, 2013.
The 600 mw unit at Anpara-C, which is owned by Lanco, had already stopped working because of an ensuing coal crisis. However, it is likely to resume operation by April 24, sources claimed and added that it may be only temporary, given the prevailing coal handling procedures adopted at the unit. This way, state’s own generation has dipped by nearly 1,000 Mw, as against the overall generation to the tune of around 2,500 Mw.
And this is not all. Four units of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) owned power plants in the state, too, have been put under renovation for the time being, adding to the prevailing crisis in the state. The installed capacities of the four power plants, taken together, that have stopped working add up to more than 1,300 Mw. This makes for an overall generation dip of around 2,300 Mw in the state.
According to the NRLDC, the 200 Mw unit-11 of Obra turned off because of a massive turbine problem in July 2011. All efforts to revive the unit have gone in vain. There was a flicker of hope after UPPCL assured of getting the plant started once again. That never happened. And now, the plant is projected to resume functioning only next year.
So is the case with Obra’s unit-10 which tripped only last month following a boiler tube leakage, the snag that has been consistently haunting the power plants in Uttar Pradesh. This unit, too, is likely to get operational only in January next year, if everything fall in place.
Of the units owned by the NTPC, Dadri-II of 490 Mw, which was set up during the Commonwealth Games in GB Nagar, has been put under refurbishment. It is likely to gain steam next week only. So is the case with unit-3 of 210 Mw at Unchahar in Rae Bareli, which may be back by the same time. Then, there is 500 Mw unit in Singrauli and a 110 Mw unit in Tanda which too have been closed due to maintenance. They may start functioning only by mid May.
The situation comes to the fore even as UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav press to overhaul the power sector, which otherwise, has been in a deep crisis for quite some time. The All India Federation of Power Engineers Association has already been crying hoarse over the poor power situation in the state. In its letter dashed to the CM, the federation has cited the alarming dip in the Plant Load Factor that determines the overall generation capacity of power plants.