PSPCL will have to surrender around 15000 million units of power annually in case PSPCL fails to find power purchasers’. Punjab has already floated tenders for selling 10000 million units power annually which is about 1500 MW round the year. In case of surrender of power fixed charges of more than Rs. 1500 crore will have to borne by Punjab consumers which will make power costlier by more than 75 paise per unit.
PSPCL in its tariff petition for 2014-15 has estimated that the power purchase from all sources will be 22927MU. Out of this the power purchase by PSPCL from three upcoming thermal stations in Punjab will be 5456MU. The breakup given in petition is Talwandi Sabo (1862MU), Rajpura thermal (2661MU) and Goindwal Sahib (934MU). The total estimated generated power from these three thermal stations is expected to be 13444 MU.
This comprises of Rajpura thermal (5007MU), Talwandi Sabo (7300MU) and from Goindwal Sahib (1137MU). The total surplus power from these plants will be around 8000MU in next financial year which PSPCL has to sell it in market at reasonable price. The per unit cost from Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal has been assessed as 373 paise per unit and it is 348 paise per unit for Rajpura thermal station.
The proposal of Punjab Government to sell surplus power to Pakistan will need the full support of Government of India . International trade of power is already taking place with Nepal and Bangladesh. Since the power system of Pakistan is operating at a different frequency, for transfer of power a HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) system will have to be installed by Power Grid. The 400 kV sub-station of Power Grid at Amritsar can be used for locating HVDC equipment.