Andhra Pradesh pulls out of PPAs with NTPC
Cites financial burden on DISCOMS
Amaravati: The AP government has decided to pull out of the power purchase agreements with the NTPC from its plants located at Kudigi Stage-1 in Karnataka and at Vallur in Tamil Nadu, which were entered into an agreement in 2010 and requested the Centre to do the needful.
The State government also recalled that the agreements were signed for solar bundled power from solar power parks in Ghani in Kurnool district and NP Kunta in Anantapur district. Based on the said PPAs, the Centre promised 385 MW as firm and bundled power from Kudgi and 88 MW from Vallur plants.
Citing poor plant load factors of these units - Kudgi recorded 21.586 per cent of PLF and Vallur, 45.822 per cent (as against the normative PLF of 85 per cent) - the government said that these power plants are plunged into reserve shutdown for prolonged periods and if at all operating, maintaining technical minimum limits for most of the time.
This dismal operational performance of the plants was causing the overall per unit cost of power (fixed and variable) surging to Rs 10/unit. This was causing AP DISCOMS unbearable financial burden, particularly, during this critical financial period.
The government also pointed out that as a result of the same, the DISCOMS were forced to purchase power from costly sources to substitute the expected generation from the two plants.
Hence, the government was rescinding from the long-term PPAs to the extent of allocation issued by the Ministry of Power pertaining to NTPC's two plants, including the additional allocation under solar bundled power, a GO stated here on Monday, requesting the Centre to advise the NTPC accordingly.
It may be recalled here that only recently the State government had a row over the Union Finance Minister's 'irrational' claims over high power tariff for the industry and criticised her for leveling baseless allegations while forcing the State government to buy power at higher tariffs.