GUWAHATI, March 17 � The overall power situation in the State is expected to improve with restoration of the Power Grid Corporation of India supply line to the NE region from its Eastern Grid today.
Sources in the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) told this newspaper that the four-day maintenance shutdown of the Eastern Grid was over today. The shutdown resulted in an additional shortfall of around 100 MW of power during the off-peak-load-hour (day time), while during the peak-load-hour (evening hours), the shortfall was around 150 MW because of the shutdown.
However, despite the shutdown, the APDCL could manage to draw around 100 MW of power round the clock from the Eastern Grid. Or else, the situation would have been far worse, sources said.
Normally, these days the State is facing a shortfall of between 40 MW and 80 MW during the off-peak-load-hour and between 50 MW and 100 MW during the peak-load-hour.
The power demand during the peak-load-hour yesterday, which was a holiday, was around 1,000 MW. These days, the off -peak- load-hour power demand of the State ranges between 700 MW and 750 MW.
The thermal power stations of the NE region and the Eastern Grid are the mainstay for the State these days in matters of power supply. The gas-based Palatana Power Station of Tripura is supplying between 100 MW and 120 MW of power to the State these days.