Speaking to TOI, UPPCL chairman, Navneet Sehgal said that the demand fluctuates and according to it, arrangements are done. "The demand has already started rising significantly. So, in the first phase, we have made arrangement of 600 MW from Himachal under power trading agreement," he said.
Sehgal said that the corporation is also taking another 500 MW from the power exchange on a daily basis. "That would suffice for over 1000 MW during the season," and added that this would be adjusted as and when power production in the state gets started from the new proposed plant.
UPPCL has also chalked out a scheduled chart for the new power plants. To begin with, UPPCL hopes to see 600 MW rolling out of first unit of Anpara C by May end. "The unit has been running on oil. Now it is shifting to the coal platform," Sehgal said. However, the state may not directly benefit from this unit. Instead, the state hinges its hope on the second unit of Anpara C which, Sehgal said would get into operational mode after May. "We would be getting at least 500 MW from that unit," he said. Anpara-C, as a matter of fact, would be the second power project after Rosa in the private sector to get rolling.
Meanwhile, power projects from the state owned units too are likely to get started. Sehgal said that the 250 MW unit in Harduaganj is like to get started by August. Then a 250 MW unit of Paricha thermal power plant would get operational in October end or the first week of November. Finally, in December the corporation expects to get the 500 MW unit of Anpara-D operational.
Together, if all goes well, the state would be having availability of nearly 1,500 MW, which appears to be significant given the ever rising demand of power.
Source- Times of India