Power crisis in Rajasthan, 4 power units including Chhabra-Suratgarh-Private stalled
Power crisis in Rajasthan, 4 power units including Chhabra-Suratgarh-Private stalled: 2520 MW production decreased, power cut started in rural areas
In Rajasthan, 4 power generation units of 3 supercritical thermal power plants of government and private sector have come to a standstill. The reason for the closure of the units is being told due to technical reasons. But this has directly reduced the power generation to 2520 MW. 1-1 unit of 660-660 MW of Chhabra Super Critical Thermal Power Plant and Suratgarh Super Critical Thermal Power Plant have stalled due to technical reasons. While two units of 600-600 MW of a thermal power plants in the private sector have also been stalled.
On the other hand, due to the weakening of the monsoon and increasing heat in Rajasthan, the demand for electricity has suddenly increased. The maximum demand for electricity in Rajasthan on 31st August was recorded at 13808 MW. While the availability stood at 11595 MW. The average demand has also been 12059 MW. 2213 MW power has fallen short of the maximum demand.
Sources say that the highest power consumption in the month of August has been recorded on the last two days of 30-31 August. When about 27 crore units of electricity have been consumed in a day. On August 17, the lowest power consumption of the month was recorded at 19 crore units.
This situation is when the three power companies - Jaipur Discom, Ajmer Discom and Jodhpur Discom - started cutting power from feeders in rural areas by doing load shedding across Rajasthan. Most of the power cuts are being hit in villages and towns. Where there is a power cut for 2-3 hours. Consumers are facing power failure due to maintenance and fault at many places.
According to Bijli Prasaran Nigam sources, in the districts of the Jaipur Discom area, 61 feeders in rural areas were closed for more than half an hour and 39 feeders were cut for less than half an hour. In the rural areas of Ajmer discom area, 53 feeders are closed for more than half an hour and 51 feeders less than half an hour, 47 feeders in rural areas of Jodhpur discom area are closed for more than half an hour and 46 feeders are closed for less than half an hour. Have to do Power shortage is being dealt with through load shedding by running feeders on a roster basis.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma, CMD of Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited said in a conversation with Dainik Bhaskar – Two of our units have been closed due to technical reasons. One private sector unit was going to shut down, another got shut down. Their 1200 MW production has been affected. A total of two units of 660-660 MW of Chhabra and Suratgarh Super Critical Thermal Power Plant of Utpadan Nigam have been shut down due to technical reasons. There has been a shortfall of 2520 MW. Hopefully, the conditions will become normal before 3rd September.
To deal with the power crisis in Rajasthan, now the purchase of electricity from the exchange has been increased. The government of India's Ministry of Power has a rule that electricity can be purchased through the exchange from the open market at a maximum rate of Rs 12 per unit. But the cost of buying expensive power ultimately falls on the power companies and the consumers.