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HPGCL forced to shut thermal units to favour private suppliers
With Haryana’s thrust on power purchase from private sector suppliers Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has been forced to shut down its thermal units on no demand.

Haryana’s own thermal units are generating about 900 MW only as 9 out of 12 thermal units in state sector are under forced shut down allegedly due to no demand. This is the result of power purchases being made from Adani and other private sector generators.

Haryana is under contract to purchase 1424  MW from Adani-Mundra (Gujarat) , 90% of power from 1320 MW China Light Power station at Jhajjar is also contracted to Haryana , and an additional 750 MW from Aravali Jhajjar station of NTPC.  

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

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