Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Monday assured its consumers that Punjab is power surplus and there would be no power cuts in the state this summer.
Addressing a press conference here, PSPCL chairman cum managing director KD Chaudhri expressed happiness over the power corporation having supplied over 10,500 MW power on June 20. He said the corporation had been successful in meeting the paddy season demand without imposing cuts on any category of consumers.
“Whatever unscheduled cuts are being imposed, are the result of technical issues related to Northern Grid, else Punjab has enough power to meet the rising demand this year,” he said while replying to a question related to cuts in some areas.
He said that in recent past, due to overloading of Central Sector Transmission Lines, restrictions were imposed by Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) that led to loadshedding. “The state has not imposed any cuts, but we have to follow the NRLDC for the smooth functioning of Northern Grid,” he added.
Chaudhri said that in view of the coal crisis, the PSPCL had imported coal worth Rs 550 crore from South Africa to meet the growing demand. “The first rake of 6 lakh tonnes of coal will reach Punjab by first week of July,” Chaudhri said, adding that the imported coal would be sufficient to meet the rising demand in wake of the scorching heat and the paddy season. He said the PSPCL had decided to buy the coal as it was getting only three to four rakes of coal from Coal India Limited against the daily need of nine rakes.
Chaudhri said that with the start of generation at two additional units of Talwandi Sabo thermal plant (1,320 MW) which was expected soon, and two units of Goindwal Sahib (540 MW) which was expected in October-November, besides the availability of coal to the PSPCL from its own coal mine in Jharkhand, Punjab would have surplus power even during paddy season from the next year.
He said that as Punjab would remain power surplus for eight to nine months, the state government had written to the Centre, proposing to sell power to Pakistan; now, the Centre had to take a call. He said the PSPCL was planning to build a super critical plant at Mukerian, for which it had applied for clearance from the Centre. PSPCL directors Gurbachan Singh Bachi and KL Sharma were also present at the press conference.