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Talwandi Sabo plant first unit into operation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 21, 2014
First Published: 10:31 IST(21/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:33 IST(21/6/2014)

The first unit of the 1,980 MW Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL) has become operational. It contributed 660 MW to the national grid.

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has tied up with all available sources to meet the anticipated demand of 10,000 MW (2,200 lakh units) per day during June and July.

Announcing this here on Friday, a spokesman said that earlier, the first unit of the 700 MW super-critical (2x700 MW) Rajpura thermal power plant also became operational on trial bases. Besides, the third power project – GVK’s Goindwal plant -- will be operational shortly as the issue of coal supply has been resolved.

The power plant contributed more than 12 million units of power on Thursday alone.

The spokesman said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the power minister, had directed all chief engineers to provide un-interrupted power supply to all categories of consumers and set up round-the-clock single dedicated helpline from next week on the lines of 181 to redress the grievances of consumers.

The spokesman said that on the intervention of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the union ministry of power had also acceded to the state’s request and issued a notification asking Coal India Limited to clear coal linkages for the upcoming thermal plants in Punjab.

He said the PSPCL was geared up to provide uninterrupted power supply to all categories of consumers during the paddy season. Regarding the availability of power, the PSPCL has already tied up with all available sources to meet the anticipated demand of 10,000 MW (2,200 LUs) per day during June and July.

He said that in addition to the state-owned thermal and hydel plants, which were generating to their full capacity, PSPCL has tied up for short-term power to the tune of 1,315 MW for June and 1,350 MW for July.

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