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Power failure delays PSPCL plans, cause heavy losses

chandigarh Updated: Jul 30, 2012 16:33 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar

The faliure of northern power grid has not only caused losses in crores but also delayed the synchronization of the unit no 3 of Guru Nank Dev Thermal Power Plant (GNDTPP) Bathinda.

The unit was supposed to produce around 60 MW power for the state.

All the attention of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) authorites have now shifted to restart the two units of Bathinda power plant, four units of Lehra Mahobbat power plant and six units of Ropar based power plant.

All these units had stopped working last night after the failure of northern grid at around 2:30 am.

"The problem is suspected to have started from Agra. Some states tried to draw more power from the northern grid which led to its failure," said HS sandhu, chief engineer GNDTPP, Bathinda.

"We are expecting to resume the power supply by afternoon," said Sandhu.

All ready facing financial crisis, PSPCL will have to bear additional losses due to power failure as each unit will consume diesel of around Rs 10-15 lakh to restart.

Interestingly PSPCL was expected to bring some relief to the residents of Punjab by synchronizing unit no 3 on Monday after a gap of almost two years.

Both unit no 3 & 4 are out of work since last two years for renovation and moderation.

Total capacity of unit no 3 after renovation and moderation will be 120 MW. It was supposed to run at half of its capacity from July 30.