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Haryana thermal units closed to import power
Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has been forced to shut down its seven thermal units to pave way for import of power from Mundra thermal project of Adani, located in Gujarat.

Haryana is getting about 1150 MW of power from  Mundra  power project, leading to forced outage of five thermal units (650MW) of Panipat and both thermal units (1200 MW) of Khedar thermal plant . Haryana thermal generation has been reduced to 380 lac units daily against earlier supply of more than 610 lac units daily in January.

Haryana has signed long term contract for 25 years with Adani to supply 1424 MW of power from the three 660 MW units of Mundra thermal plant in Gujarat. The contracted price is about Rs. 3 per unit. The power from Adani is supplied through 500 KV HVDC Mundra –Mohindergarh transmission line.

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 one rupee per unit for forced outage of units.

As per Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre reports, Haryana was getting around 98 lac units daily from Mundra in January this year, and the power  supply has been increased to 278 lac units daily in February. The contracted supply from Mundra is about 350 lac units daily for a period of 25 years.

Haryana is purchasing around 69 MW on medium term basis. On bilateral front the state is returning about 350 MW of power which it received from other states under banking system in paddy season. Haryana is unable to find a buyer for its surplus power due to which the thermal units are shut down.

Haryana has about 4974.4 MW of total generation capacity comprising HPGCL’s 1200 MW thermal at Khedar, 600MW thermal units at Yamuna Nagar and its 90% share in 1320 MW thermal units of China Light & Power at Jhajjar and 50% share in NTPC 1500 MW thermal units at Jhajjar. Faridabad Gas thermal plant has two units of 137.75 MW each and third unit of 156 MW. The capacity of WJC Hydel power houses is 62.4 MW.

It may be mentioned that 300 MW unit no. 1 of Yamuna Nagar thermal plant which has been on forced outage since March 31 was revived last week.

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