Punjab power demand peaks to new record of 12775 MW

VINOD GUPTA | June 26, 2019 07:17 PM

CHANDIGARH: The sultry weather conditions prevailing across the region has pushed the power demand in Punjab and Haryana to the new peaks today.

According to official sources Punjab power demand exceeded 12775  MW today afternoon breaking last year’s record demand of 12542 MW achieved on July 9. In the adjoining Haryana also recorded maximum power demand of the season touched 10127 MW surpassing last year record of 10126 MW of June 28.

In Punjab all the four units of Ropar thermal and 3 units of Lehra Mohabtt are generating power. Besides this three power sector thermal stations are also running at full capacity. Solar power is supplying 500 MW power during day time. Today Punjab own generation was 6290 MW and it was drawing 6352 MW from grid as per its share in central sector units and from other sources as per power purchase agreements.

Last week  due to  weather vagaries PSPCL was forced to under draw up to 100 lakh units a day on June 15 ,17 and 18 from  its share from grid as power demand dips after mild rain and storm in some parts of the state.

On Tuesday Punjab supplied 2506 lakh units comprising of 978 lakh units from thermal units and 207 lakh units from hydro stations. The coal stock at Ropar thermal and Lehra Mohabatt are  sufficient for 38 days and 27 days respectively.

In Haryana both units of Yamunanagar, both units of Khedar and two units of Panipat are generating power. The water level in reservoirs of Punjab continues to be at comfortable level. The Bhakra level is at 488.94 meters is 33.33 meters higher than last year’s level of 455.61 meters on a corresponding day. In case of Ranjit Sagar Dam project, the water level is at 511.58 meters against last year’s level of 501.79 meters.

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