As Haryana has started getting power from Adani since last one month, HPGCL has been forced to shut down its nine thermal units in this lean period. At present six units of Panipat, two units of Khedar and one unit at Yamuna Nagar are under forced shut down.
According to sources, to take advantage of forced closure of units on no demand, HPGCL has asked Reliance to complete the pending jobs at Khedar thermal plant. Unit no. 1 and 2 have been taken on maintenance for three and two months respectively. HPGCL was not able to arrange earlier long shut down of Khedar units due to power demand.
According to a power utility official, the supply of Mundra Power during lean period is going to prove a costly affair. The forced closure of thermal units will save only running charges (fuel cost) of unit which is around Rs. 2 per unit. HPGCL will have to incur fixed charges of Rs. one per unit for forced outage of units.
To avoid the forced closure of thermal units and to improve plant load factor at Khedar thermal plant, Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has invited bids for supply of two million metric tonne (MMT) of imported steam coal for three thermal power plants located in the state. These power stations are 1360 MW Panipat Thermal plant, 600 MW Deenbandhu Chotu Ram thermal power plant Yamunanagar and 1200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal plant Khedar (Hissar) which will need 0.8 MMT, 0.3 MMT and 0.9 MMT respectively.
Haryana has 90% share in 1320 MW thermal units of China Light & Power at Jhajjar which has been facing coal shortage problems since inception. One 660 MW unit is on forced outage most of the time.