Even today 7 thermal units of Panipat thermal are on forced outage and as per HPGCL generation cost the running cost of first four units is more so the Discoms cannot afford costly power. The forced outage of other thermal units at Panipat, Yamuna Nagar and Khedar on no demand is justified.
A senior official said that to Discoms are more interested to get power from Adani’s Mundra with which utilities have signed a long term power purchase agreement for 1424 MW for 25 years. Similarly Haryana surrenders its share from other central sector projects to keep its commitment towards private power purchasers. Whenever there is dip in power demand the main causality is the state run thermal plants. There seems to be no order of merit in power purchase from different sources.
The forced closure of state run thermal units has another dimension where coal stock has increased manifold. As per official record Panipat thermal plant has coal stock sufficient for 59 days, Khedar thermal plant has stock of 47 days and Yamuna Nagar thermal has stock of 45 days.
As per Central Electricity Authority guidelines the thermal plants should have coal stock of 25 days during rainy season to meet with any exigency. The excess coal stock will not only reduce its calorific value but has also blocked quite a heavy amount of HPGCL.