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Home News Power Sector News Fuel shortage hits power generation at plants

Fuel shortage hits power generation at plants

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Fuel shortageFuel shortage has forced many power plants to run below their capacity. With all gas and coal-based power plants facing a shortfall, worried discoms say their plans to meet the capital's load have taken a hit. Production has gone down by almost 50% at plants like Bawawa, Rithala and Aravalli. At the CLP thermal station in Jhajjar, there has been no power generation at all.

Delhi government, meanwhile, has said that the problem is not only confined to Delhi but the whole country.

"The Bawana power plant has started generating about 260 MW of power after getting 1.8 mmscmd gas from GAIL. The plant can produce upto 650-700 MW of power if it gets the proper allocation of gas. Our KG Basin contract will go back to Reliance on Monday and we hope to resolve the issue of gas shortage by next week," said power minister Haroon Yusuf. "Not just fuel shortage, but the quality of coal is also a problem. Domestic coal has to be blended with imported coal because the ash content in Indian coal is very high," he added.

Two thermal stations, Aravalli and CLP, in Jhajjar have tie-ups with discoms in Delhi. Senior officials from Reliance-backed BSES admitted that they are avoiding purchasing power from Aravalli as it comes at a cost of Rs 6-7/unit.

"The problem with the Aravalli plant is that it has no long-term arrangement for coal. Due to the shortage of coal in the country, imported coal is being used here. This makes the power too expensive," said a discom source.

Delhi discoms feel that since they are having no trouble meeting the city's current demand, they don't need to rely on the Aravalli plant for now. However, power sector officials say that Aravalli is one of the major projects aimed at meeting Delhi's power demand.

Tata Power Delhi, which supplies power to 30% of the city, said that their 108-MW power plant in Rithala is not fulfilling its purpose of helping meet the peak load due to the acute gas shortage. The plant has barely managed to produce 35MW despite being fully commissioned.

"The Central Electricity Authority has said that no new domestic gas-based power plants should be commissioned in the next five years due to the non-availability of domestic gas. Production at one unit of the Badarpur thermal plant has also been hit. The plant is not been functioning for weeks due to closure of the Agra Canal,'' said a senior official from the discom.

Source- TOI


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