Haryana may be in power surplus situation this summer and consumers may not face power cuts but they will have to pay for wrong planning of power utilities. The prolonged shut down of thermal units under forced shut down will cripple the HPGCL financially and burden the consumers unnecessarily with fixed charges. The fixed charges for thermal plants is around Rs. one per unit when it is not generating any power.
As on today 7 out of 8 thermal units of Panipat thermal plant and both units of Khedar thermal plant are under shutdown to pave way for the power purchases being made from Adani. The two thermal units of Yamuna Nagar thermal are running at about 250 MW each.
Panipat Stage -1 ( 4X110 MW ) is the worst hit and the units are under completely shut down since September 2013.The unit no. 5 and 6 are also under shut down since November 2013 and January 2014 respectively. The unit no. 7 is under annual maintenance since March 11.The plant load factor of Panipat thermal plant was 74.97 % in 2012-13 has come down to around 45% in 2013-14.
At Khedar one 600 MW unit is down on no demand and the second unit is down due to turbine problem since October 2013 . The rotor of unit has been sent back to China for repair and the repaired rotor is expected in next few days