As all the major railway tracks are blocked by the farmers in Punjab due to the protest against the farm laws, the state’s power plant has cut down their power generation, limited supply to the farm section, as their coal stocks are depleting.
Since the farmers are halting move than three dozen railway tracks in the state, coal stocks from the mine are not reaching the thermal plants. According to a senior official, if the situation continues like this, supply to the various sectors will be hit very badly as the state is highly dependent on the Thermal Power.
Thermal plants are left with only a few days of coal stocks
Thus, the three thermal plants in the state are trying to save coal stocks by limiting the power generation. Among the private sector, Nabha Thermal Plant located in Rajpura is left with only 5.5 days of coal, while Talwandi Sabo Power Limited has stock for only 2.4 days. The situation is even more critical at Goindwal Sahib Power Plant in Tarn Taran, which has only half a day of coal stock left.
State-owned Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat has stopped the power generation as there are only seven days coal has left. Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant in Ropar has 11 days of coal stock left.
A top official said, “We are meeting our present demand in all sectors by using hydel and thermal generation from private plants only. State-owned units will be used only if we feel the need of using them.”
Situation is critical
A PSPCL officer said that majority of their plants are running at half of their plant capacity, as shutting and then restarting a unit cots lakhs of rupees.
Further, he added, Industry has finally started Operating after the lockdown imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and any power issues now will hit the state economy hard. He said that the state government is very well known about this matter.
A senior official said that the total power supply in the state was 1,570 lakh units, from which Nabha Thermal plant contributed 350 LUs and Talwandi Sabo 158 LUs, in addition to solar and hydel power. The maximum demand in the state was 7,700 MW with an evening peak of 6,242 MW.