GUWAHATI, Jan 30 � The State is facing a shortfall of power in the range of 200 MW to 250 MW during the peak load hours, that is, between evening and night hours, and around 100 MW during the off peak load hours, that is, in the daytime, these days. This situation is likely to continue till February 6 next.
Sources in the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) attribute the present situation to the maintenance shutdown undergone by the Eastern Region Grid since January 27. Supply through the grid is expected to be restored on February 6 next.
The situation became critical on January 28, when the Palatana Thermal Power Station in Tripura also faced some technical snags. The power station resumed its supply yesterday. The State�s quota from this thermal power station is 120 MW and against it the State is now receiving between 110 MW and 115 MW of power.
The Eastern Grid shutdown has made it impossible for the State to procure more power from the power market, sources said.
To make things worse for the State, a 50 MW unit of the Kopili Hydroelectric Power Project has also undergone shutdown. The unit has not been operating for the past about six days.
At present, the off peak load hour power demand of the State is 700 MW and it is receiving around 600 MW of power from various sources during this period. Its peak load hour power demand is around 1000 MW and against it, the State is receiving between 750 MW and 800 MW of power during this period, sources said.