The three state-run thermal plants of Punjab have recorded less power generation this year as compared to 2013. The plant load factor (PLF) has also come down at the thermal plants.
According to sources, the units of Guru Gobind Singh super thermal plant, Rupnagar; Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant and Bathinda thermal plant are facing forced outages to pave way for the continuous running of two units of Rajpura thermal plant and one unit of Talwandi Sabo thermal plant, both private sector entities. The private sector units remain operational as long as they have enough coal stock. The power consumers will now have to bear the brunt of forced outage of thermal units and costly power purchase from private sector generators.
According to official data available, the generation targets of all the three thermal plants have been reduced this year as compared to last year’s targets, just to purchase power from private sector thermal plants. Even the reduced generation targets could not be achieved due to forced backing down of thermal units.
The target for Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant for the first eight month period of the current financial year was 4,799 million units while the actual power generated was 3,378 million units.
Similarly, for Rupnagar thermal plant, the generation target for the first eight months was 5,813 million units against last year’s target of 6,200 million units.
The actual generation from the Rupnagar thermal plant was only 4,481 million units while the figure was 5,670 million units during the corresponding period last year. The plant load factor (PLF) of Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant has come down to 62.70% in the current financial year ending November against PLF of 81.78% during the corresponding period last year. The plant faced outage of 2,099 hours due to no demand and 4,029 hours outage due to coal shortage. The total outage this year is 6,128 hours against last year’s outage of 2,975 hours. The generation loss due to coal shortage is 9,131 lakh units.
The Rupnagar plant’s performance is equally poor. The plant load factor has come down to 60.74% against last year’s 76.85% in the first eight months. The outage hours on no demand have increased.