Seemandhra stir hits RTPP works
Seemandhra Agitation : The 72-hour strike launched to protest against the bifurcation of state by Seemandhra Electricity Employees has stalled repair works at the marooned Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project on the final day of the stir on Saturday.
- Muddanur plant may take another four days to resume
- Several villages in Seemandhra facing blackout
- No disruption of power supply at large: Genco MD Vijayanand
Hyderabad: The 72-hour strike launched to protest against the bifurcation of state by Seemandhra Electricity Employees has stalled repair works at the marooned Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project on the final day of the stir on Saturday. The 1,050 MW thermal project, located at Muddanur in the Rayalaseema region, was inundated with flood water, forcing APGenco to suspend generation six days ago.
Add to it are the continuous breakdowns of power supply system due to the stir in the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Many villages and towns are reeling under darkness because of frequent breakdowns at sub-stations. However, the strike has not affected power situation at large in the State. APGenco CMD K Vijayanand told The Hans India the flood water that entered the water pumps and coal storage at RTPP had been drained out, but repairs were still going on slowly.
Vijayanand said it would take another three to four days to resume power generation at RTPP, which was cut off from the Southern grid. If all employees were engaged in the repair works , power generation could be resumed in two days, he observed.
However, there is no gap between power demand and supply despite the RTPP shutdown. As against the demand of 10,866 MW, there was distribution of 10,766 MW and generation of 244 million units (MUs) as against the requirement of 245 MU. While Genco’s five thermal units generated 74 MU, hydel plants produced 31 MU. The Central Grid contributed 124 MU, private producers provided 12 MU and non-conventional energy sources 2 MU. In Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and the East and the West Godavari districts, 11 KV transformers broke down for several times. In Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts the 33 kv sub-stations suffered over 100 disruptions.
Although there were no supply problems in towns, several villages in Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Prakasam districts experienced massive shutdowns lasting several hours. Fifteen mandals fed by the sub-station at Sankarapuram in Kadapa town were without power since 4 am on Saturday due to technical problems. The employees did not allow the contract workers to undertake repair work. EPDCL opened control rooms in Eluru and other towns. Officials said complaints received up to the evening of Friday had been addressed.