Coal day at 2 power plants, power outage: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, April 9

Punjab’s two private thermal power plants are facing a severe shortage of coal, thus affecting the state’s power supply. Rural areas of the state experienced power outages ranging from three to eight hours, although urban areas were largely spared.

Information available from The Tribune suggests that the two units – one at the Talwandi Sabo factory in Mansa and the second at the Goindwal Sahib factory – have closed due to a shortage of coal and a technical problem requiring repairs. We learn that the two factories have stocks of coal for only one day each.

Cuts in rural areas

  • Rural areas experienced 3-8 hours of outages, although urban areas were spared
  • A unit in the factories of Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib has closed.
  • Additionally, a unit of Guru Gobind Singh’s state-owned factory is closed for maintenance

Another unit of the state-run Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Power Plant is also closed for annual maintenance.

However, officials from the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited said power cuts in rural areas were only imposed during daylight hours to prevent the standing wheat crop from catching fire.

“The demand for power is much lower than the availability. Against an offer of 8,600 MW, the demand is 7,600 MW. Thus, there is no reason for the PSPCL to impose cuts. Although coal stocks at two private power plants are low, stocks at other locations are 10 days,” a senior officer said.

He added that compared to 1,275 lakh horsepower made available at this time last year, they had made 1,855 lakh horsepower available during the corresponding period this year. —

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