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Hyderabad: Transco braces for peak power demand of 14k MW

Hyderabad: Transco braces for peak power demand of 14k MW
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Officials are preparing plans to meet the demand and ever-increasing consumption is imposing additional financial burden on the State Transmission Corporation

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Transmission Corporation (TS Transco) officials are preparing a plan to meet a peak demand for power at 14,000 MW in this year as it has been rising continuously.

The ever-increasing demand for the power in the State has been keeping the Transco officials on their toes and also imposing financial burden on the distribution companies in the last few days. The demand for power has reached to 11,700 MW during this month which is the highest till now. The officials of Transco are expecting that the demand would go up to 14,000 MW any day in this year.

Officials told The Hans India that with the operation of pumpsets of the Kaleshwaram project and rising demand in power in Hyderabad contributed to rise in the demand for power. They explained that the agriculture and domestic sectors have been consuming 35 percent each of total power consumed and the industries and commercial sectors about 30 percent. The officials said the demand for power in Hyderabad has been rising steadily at the rate of 12 percent every year. The demand for power in Hyderabad was 2,900 MW at the same time in the previous year and it is now standing at 3,391 MW. In Hyderabad and in peripheral areas construction of new buildings has been leading to more demand for power. In the core Hyderabad city old buildings have been brought down and new ones have been constructed every day.

Apart from this the pumps of lifts of the Kaleshwaram project have begun to pump the water. As many as 10 pumps have been used and they have been consuming about 700 MW on every day. The officials of Transco informed that the agriculture operations are on full swing and about 24 lakh pumpsets have been used every day. The demand from the agriculture sector is about 2,000 MW at any given time of the day and is going up to 6,000 MW.

On the other hand, the rising demand has been imposing heavy financial burden on the distribution companies. They have been using all the resources available to meet the demand.

The officials informed that during the daytime they have been purchasing power from the solar power stations and in the peak hours from the hydel stations. They are also purchasing power from the exchanges every day.

The Discoms have been purchasing about 500 MW every day to meet the demand which is equal to 12 MU every day. This is two times more when the demand reaches record high.

Power-packed plan

1. The demand for power reached 11,700 MW during this month which is the highest till now.

2. Operation of pumpsets of the Kaleshwaram project and rising demand for power in Hyderabad contributed to rise in the demand for power.

3. The officials say the demand for power in Hyderabad has been rising steadily at the rate of 12 percent every year.

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