With late rains finally feeding hydel generation plants and power demand in Punjab also coming down, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has shut down eight of its thermal power plant units. The move is aimed at using up the power bought from outside, which is valid for few more weeks, and also at saving coal.
Against the usual demand of 1,700 LU (lakh units), the demand has dipped to 1,180 LU at times, said a PSPCL spokesman. The corporation has shut down five thermal units of 210 MW each at Ropar, two 210MW units at Lehra Mohabbat, and one 110 MW unit at Bathinda. Only one unit each at Ropar and Bhatinda, and two at Lehra Mohabbat are operating.
The PSPCL is making total power purchase of about 670 LU, which includes short-term purchases of about 340 LU. The state is drawing about 900 LU from the national grid. "Under short-term purchase, we have to utilise the power by this month, otherwise it would be surrendered. So we are drawing the outside power and have shut own units to save coal," said the PSPCL spokesman.
Meanwhile, rain in catchments has increased the water level of the Bhakra and Pong reservoirs, though it is still lower that that on the corresponding day last year. Water level in Pong has is at 1,378 feet as compared to last year's level of 1,390 feet on the corresponding day. At Bhakra it is 1,651 feet, while last year it was 1,681 feet.