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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

Power load shedding back as coal crisis worsens

HT Correspondent  Patiala, August 28, 2014
First Published: 10:14 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:15 IST(28/8/2014)

Owing to the ongoing coal crisis, power cuts are back in the rural areas of Punjab with the farming sector also not getting adequate power supply.

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The power demand in the state is 2,275 lakh units and the state is facing a shortage of more than 128 lakh units with restricted supply. The peak time power shortage is more than 500 MW.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been forced to impose cuts because of the shortage of coal supplies.

The coal stock at state run Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat thermal plants is just sufficient for three days while Bhatinda thermal has got a coal stock for only six days.

The irregular supply of coal by Panem to Ropar and Lehra Mohabatt thermal plants is the major cause of concern, said PSPCL officials.

The private sector thermal plants also face coal shortage despite coal linkage provided to them by Coal India. The Rajpura thermal plant was running only one unit on Wednesday whereas the Talwandi Sabo thermal plant is not operating any unit as it has not got clearance for blending coal with imported coal, though it has sufficient coal stock for one week.

Another blow is that a unit of Ropar thermal plant has gone out of operation because of boiler leakage. Ropar thermal unit no. 3 has created a record of continuous running for 98 days. The last record for continuous running of this unit was for 80 days.

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