Saturday, May 19, 2012

Minister expects power crisis to subside within three days SATURDAY, 19 MAY 2012 23:54 PNS | BHUBANESWAR

 Bhubaneswar Minister expects power crisis to subside within three days
SATURDAY, 19 MAY 2012 23:54
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Energy Minister Atanu Sabyasachi on Saturday exuded confidence that power crisis in the State would be over within three days with the cooperation of industrial houses having captive power plants as the State continued to reel under unprecedented heatwave conditions coupled with power shortage.
Talking to mediapersons here after a high-level meeting at the State secretariat on ways to tide over the crisis, Sabyasachi said he had sought cooperation of the private industries having captive generating units to provide surplus power to the State during the present crisis period by expanding their apacity utilisation. The companies who attended the meeting agreed to his proposal, Sabyasachi said.
He said the meeting was attended by, among others, senior officials of the Energy Department, Odisha Hydro-Power Corporation, GRIDCI and  representatives of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Sterlite and Nava Bharat.
As per the decision, Sterlite would supply 250 mw of power against its capacity of 600 mw within next three days. The company would start supplying power to GRIDCO from Sunday with initial 100 mw followed by subsequent additional 150 mw within the next three days.
Sterelite had stopped the supply of 350 mw of power to the State for the last three days following serious snag in its units. However, the company had started production by undertaking repair and renovation work on war footing.
Similarly, JSPL, he said, promised to supply additional 70 mw of power in the next two days in addition to the present wheeling of 190 mw to Gridco. Besides, Nav Bharat assured to provide 64 mw of power in addition to its present supply of 90 mw. Admitting that there has been a shortfall of 500 mw of power during the peak hour, Sabyasachi asserted that the power crisis would be sorted out with the availability of around 400 mw.
He said the power generation from the hydro power stations in the State reduced this season with falling of water level in the reservoirs. At present around 200 to 250 mw of power was being produced in the hydel stations. However, the State Government has taken up with neighbouring AP and Chhattisgarh the question of increasing water levels in the reservoirs. Besides, he also said the State Government has urged the Andhra Government to increase the share of power being produced in the inter-State Machhkund Hydro Power Station.
The Energy Minister said he had asked the distribution companies to limit the period of power cut to the minimum and to ensure sustained power supply to the drinking water supply projects in view of the continuing heat-wave conditions.

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