Relief from the power cuts are short lived as shortage of power in the state during peak hours zoomed to 1,500 MW on Tuesday forcing the APTransco and Discoms to resort to unofficial power cuts in municipal and rural areas. Urban areas, including Hyderabad, are experiencing increased power cuts which are slapped under the guise of technical snags.
Transco has tied up 1,000 MW from different sources, though the shortage estimated in November is more than 2,000 MW. Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the finance department to release Rs 300 crore for buying power from outside the state for the month of November. Even after purchasing 1,000 MW, the gap would be more than 1,500 MW indicating serious power crisis in the coming months.
Even if power is available outside the state, the transmission corridor, which can only transmit about 1,500 MW, has been booked by four southern states leaving no chance for fresh purchase by any state.
"We have tied up with all private generators to ensure maximum availability," said sources in the APTransco. Adding to the misfortune, on Tuesday the 9th unit in Kothagudem Thermal Station went out of service due to a boiler leakage problem forcing an additional shortage of 200 MW on the state. The situation is set to worsen further as several thermal stations are running without any break since April due to unprecedented power demand in the state.
"All thermal stations are running at peak level and generating about 4,900 MW every day," AP Genco managing director K Vijayanand told TOI.
With no fresh inflows into reservoirs, the hydel power generation has been restricted to minimum to save the valuable water reserves in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar. Reliance Industries Limited reduced gas production in KG basin leading to further drop in the supplies to gas-based power generating stations in the state. While the total gas based power generation capacity is 3,037 MW, state is able to produce only 859 MW with reduced gas supplies.