Nellore thermal power stations contribute mostly to power demand of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Two major thermal power companies are generating around 4,200 MW even during lockdown crisis
Nellore: The district which is popular for power generation has been generating adequate power even during the crisis of lockdown meeting the demand of the twin Telugu states. Around 4,200 megawatts of power is generated from the two major organisations on a daily basis. Surplus power is also supplied to other states.
The power generating firms worked out their own mechanisms and Standard Operation Procedures to ensure round-the-clock power supply from the plants.
AP Genco's Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station is generating 1,600 mega-watts from its 2X800 megawatts units and Sembcorp Energy India is generating a total capacity of 2,640 megawatts from its 4X660 megawatts supercritical coal-fired units now. Other units have also been generating power and recently some have stopped production due to manpower crisis and other problems.
Currently, total power consumption in state is around 7,400 megawatts and in Telangana, it is around 6,000 megawatts per day. But major chunk of power requirement is generated by the thermal power stations from the district.
The power demand in both Telugu states–Andhra Pradesh and Telangana- is increasing with relaxation in place for economic activities and with the start of seasonal demand.
"At Sembcorp, safety, and wellbeing of people and communities are the first priority. Yet, as an essential service, we have a responsibility to continue to generate uninterrupted power for the needs of the country.
All our sites have been fully operational and we are following procedures like screening, sanitisation, social distancing, control room isolation and shift pattern changes to curb coronavirus with close coordination with the local administration in the states," said Vipul Tuli, Managing Director of Sembcorp Energy India Limited.
Further, a senior official from the AP Genco's Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Station said that they were managing power generation even though they have been facing issues of migrant employees due to lockdown.