GUWAHATI, May 7 � The State is facing a shortfall of 403 MW in power supply during the peak load hours today. Its off peak load hours� shortfall was 232 MW during the day. The shortfall faced by the State in power supply these days is due to the reduced generation in the hydel and thermal power stations of the region together with its failure to draw power from outside the region.
The peak load hours� power demand of the State today was 1100 MW against the availability of 697 MW of power. Its off peak load hour power demand today was 720 MW, against the availability of 488 MW.
According to Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) sources, today, the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd (APGCL) supplied 174 MW of power to the APDCL during the off peak load hours, while it supplied 230 MW of power to the State power distribution company during the peak load hours.
During the off peak load hours today, the APDCL received 176 MW of power from the Central Sector Generating Stations (CSGS) of the NE region and during the peak load hours it received 332 MW of power from these CSGS.
From the National Thermal Power Corporation�s (NTPC�S) Eastern Region generating stations, the APDCL today received 126 MW of power during the off peak load hours and during the peak load hours, it received 123 MW of power from these generating stations.
The APDCL could not draw 120 MW of power it has sought to procure from the open market because of the non-restoration of the two 400 Kv towers of the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL). These towers were uprooted by a storm on May 3 at Binaguri in West Bengal.
It needs mention here that the State�s share of power from all the CSGS of the North East Region is 589 MW for this month. But because of the shortage in gas supply to the Central Sector thermal power stations and the less availability of water in the Central Sector hydel power stations, these CSGS are generating power at a reduced rate.
Even the State�s own generating stations are not able to utilise their full generating capacities because of these two factors, sources said.
Today, the Kathalguri Thermal Power Station of the NEEPCO is utilising 71 per cent of its generating capacity. The Agartala Gas-based Thermal Power Station of the Central Sector power company is utilising 91 per cent of its capacity.
The Dayang Hydel Project of the NEEPCO is utilising only 8 per cent of its installed capacity, while the Ranganadi Hydel Project of this Central Sector power company is utilising only 16 per cent of its capacity. The Kopili Hydel Project of this Central Sector power company is utilising 10 per cent of its capacity, while the Loktak Hydel Project of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is utilising 60 per cent of its capacity.
Similarly, due to gas supply constraint and shutdown of machines, the Namrup Thermal Power Station of the APGCL is utilising 58 per cent of its generating capacity and the Lakwa Thermal Power Station of the State is utilising 67 per cent of its generating capacity.
The Karbi-Langpi Hydel Project of the APGCL is utilising 50 per cent of its capacity due to shortage of water in the Langpi river, sources said.