Phailin hits power generation in State
Phailin Hits Power Generation in State, Cyclone Phailin, Phailin Effects on Power Generation. Cyclone Phailin, that ravaged Orissa and parts of north coastal Andhra last week, had its adverse effect on power generation forcing power utilities to continue imposing unscheduled power cuts for three to 10 hours in the next five days in the State
- Coal scarcity forces thermal plants to halve generation
- Hydel plants idli ahead of season
- Power demand and supply increases
- Unscheduled power cuts to continue for another five to six days in State
- Hyderabad faces blackouts for three to four hours
Cyclone Phailin, that ravaged Orissa and parts of north coastal Andhra last week, had its adverse effect on power generation forcing power utilities to continue imposing unscheduled power cuts for three to 10 hours in the next five days in the State.
The thermal power generation centers faced severe coal scarcity with the transportation of coal by goods trains from Mahanadi Coalfields in Orissa to power units came to a standstill in the last three days as the rail tracks damaged and submerged in the cyclone hit areas.
State-owned AP Genco thermal projects- Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Project (NTTPP) in Vijayawada, NTPC-owned Simhadri Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Visakhapatnam and Kothagudam Thermal Power Project (KTPP) reduced power generation to half of their installed capacity with the scarcity of coal in the last two days. Out of 1,750 mw installed capacity, the NTTPP generated 1289 mw, KTPP- 1270 mw (out of 1720) and STPP could generate only 460 mw of its 1000 mw capacity. The AP Genco officials said that in view of increase of water needs for agriculture purpose in the ensuing Rabi season, hydel power generation centres in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar also cut power generation. In Sagar project, only 56 mw (out of 900 mw capacity) of power was generated and in Srisailam, power generation was only 300 mw out of 1,670 mw capacity.
As the power demand and supply was increased to 1,400 mw after the power generation came down, the AP Transco imposed power cuts. The Transco officials said the total power demand is 11,500 mw. But, the generation centers could generate 10,000 mw. To overcome the power demand, the DISCOMS have been asked to enforce load shedding in all cities, towns and villages.
Keeping in view of the non-availability of coal and reducing generation in hydel plants, the officials said that unscheduled power cuts would continue for another five to six days in the State.
Once coal transportation resumes from Mahanadi Coalfields, power projects will start generation in full capacity. In the peak hours during evening and nights, all the power utilities have been asked to impose power cuts in the districts depending on the availability of power to the respective DISCOMS. In Hyderabad, many colonies experienced one and half hour to two hour power cuts in the mornings and in the evenings. Some residential areas even faced blackouts without prior intimation.
The APCPDCL (Central Power Distribution Company Limited) officials said that on the instructions from AP Transco, it will continue unscheduled power cuts in the city till further orders issued.