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Power generation at Dabhol finally begins, Parli thermal station shuts

Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 15, 2013
First Published: 01:42 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:43 IST(15/2/2013)

Offering some succour to state consumers, the Dabhol Power resumed power generation on Thursday morning.

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While Dabhol kicked off, state-owned Mahagenco’s Parli thermal power station stopped working from Thursday morning because of water scarcity in drought-affected central Maharashtra. The project had been generating close to 300MW against its total capacity of 1,130MW.

Dabhol, also known as the Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Ltd (RGPPL), will compensate for the supply deficit caused by the Parli thermal station. The relief, however, is expected to be temporary because the RGPPL does not have gas supply scheduled after 48 hours, said a senior RGPPL official.

Meanwhile the state power distribution company, Mahavitaran, has ruled out any further power cuts across the state. It supplies power to 1.90 crore consumers in eastern suburbs beyond Kanjurmarg, Thane, Navi Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra.

The utility said that is was mitigating a deficit of 400-500MW by running Koyna hydro power station, which has ample water storage as compared to the corresponding month last year. It is also buying extra power at lower cost of Rs3.66 for a unit.  The state generation company, Mahegenco, plans to make up for the loss by using coal supply at Parli for producing 300MW more.

“We are committed to supplying uninterrupted power to consumers who pay their monthly bills regularly,” said Mahavitaran’s official spokesperson. The company has been enforcing power cuts in areas where defaulters are in large numbers.

Parli generally gets water from River Godavari. The poor monsoon has affected the water supply from the river. For the past two months, it has been getting water from a small dam nearby, which stopped abruptly because of inadequate storage.


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