It seems that power supply scenario in the Punjab as per Central Electricity Authority (CEA) projections for current financial year with peak load shortage of 28.3 percent. As per Load Generation Balance report of CEA the net energy requirement of the Punjab during year 2009-10 is likely to be 44301 million units and the anticipated power availability during the year will be only 37598 million units. It is, therefore, expected that the Punjab will suffer a shortage of 15.1 percent i.e. 6703 million units in the current financial year.
The maximum power shortage in the state would be 23.83 percent in July this year followed by 19.38 percent in February 2010 and 18.79 percent in September.
As per report the northern region is likely to be worst hit with a anticipated peak deficit of 15.5 percent. However in the northern region there would be a power shortfall of 7.7 percent. The power availability in the region would be 222875 million units against demand of 241461 million units during the current financial year. The peak load demand in the region would 35460 MW against availability of 29970 MW.
As per report the power shortage in Punjab has been worked out as per present allocations and generation by state thermal and hydro projects. The firm allocation to Punjab is to the tune of 1770 MW where as total power allocation is 1942 MW. This does not include any short term purchase made by Punjab to overcome any emergencies.
Last year the power demand in Punjab was 41635 million units against power availability of 37238 million units and the shortage was to the tune of 10.6 percent. The power required and availability in Punjab was 4.9 percent and 4.7 percent less than the predictions made by CEA. Like last year this year also Punjab has sought power purchase from Punjab Regulatory Commission.
Meanwhile, the peak demand for the Punjab during the year 2009-10 is estimated at 9110 MW with expected peak availability to the tune of 6540 MW. The Punjab is, therefore, likely to suffer a peak deficit of 28.3 percent i.e. 25870 MW during the year.
As per report the Ropar thermal plant units would be closed for total of 145 days for annual maintenance. . The three Bhatinda units would be closed for maintenance for 91 days. The forth unit of Bhatinda thermal plant is under renovation. The maintenance period for three lehra Mohabatt unit is 65 days .