GUWAHATI, May 15 � The Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) has managed to ensure supply of an additional amount of 150 MW of power to meet the power demand during the peak-load hours for a week, with effect from today. The maintenance shutdown of the Palatana Gas-based Thermal Power Station for about a week has resulted in an additional shortfall of around 120 MW in power supply for the State during the peak-load hours. This has also led to the shortfall of around 80 MW of power for the State during the off-peak load hours.
According to sources in the APDCL, normally the total off-peak load hour power demand of the State during these days is around 850 MW (between noon and 5 pm) and around 550 MW to 600 MW (between 6 am and noon). The power demand of the State during the peak-load hours these days is around 1300 MW between 8 pm and 9 pm. However, the average power demand of the State during the peak-load hours is 1200 MW between 5 pm and 12 am, sources said.
These days, storms have caused a shortfall of around 70 MW to 80 MW power almost everyday due to the damages to the power supply network.
Yesterday, there was a sudden breakdown in the supply network due to snapping of the 220 KV conductor near Raha and this resulted in a massive load shedding exercise in Guwahati and adjoining areas throughout the day.
However, this had no connection with any storm activity, sources apprised.
Meanwhile, the gas-based Lakwa Thermal Power Station (LTPS) of the Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) recorded on May 12 the highest generation of 150 MW of power. This was the highest generation recorded by the power station since its inception 38 years back on May 12, 1978, said a press release issued by the APGCL.
The present installed generation capacity of the LTPS is 157.2 MW. But due to short supply of natural gas from the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and the Assam Gas Company Ltd (AGCL), the thermal power station was running below its installed capacity.
On May 12, the gas companies were able to supply 1.08 MMSCM of natural gas to the thermal power station, resulting in the above record generation by it, said the APGCL General Manager in the statement.