As per CEA reports the PSPCL thermal plants in state failed to achieve the given targets of generation this year. The generation target of thermal plants in Punjab was down l by 16.82% in June and 18.42 % in August from the scheduled target of 84.82% and 86.24%.
This year the monthly generation at Lehra Mohabatt thermal varied between 493 MU to 624 MU while this variation was between 598MU to 690 MU. In case of Ropar thermal plant the variation is between 657 MU to 874 MU this year against last year’s variation of 722MU to 852 MU.
It may be mentioned that Lehra Mohabatt thermal plant used to be amongst best run thermal plants of the country last year.
The PSPCL had tied with various power generators for supply of about 5400 MW power at rates varying from Rs. 3.97 per unit to Rs. 4.04 per unit. To take the committed power purchase PSPCL used to back down its own thermal units whenever power demand take a dip due to rainy season.
It may be mentioned that the generation cost at Lehra Mohabatt and Ropar thermal plants is much less than power purchase cost. This may lead to more burden on consumers in the next tariff order.
According to sources Director (Finance) has been able to put some brakes on reckless short term power purchases being resorted by PSPCL.
The backing down of PSPCL’s own thermal units may become more after the thermal units of private companies become operative in December this year. The state will be forced to buy power from these private thermal plants as per power purchase agreements.
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission had approved the short term power purchase of 2578 million units to PSPCL from April, 2013 to October, 2013 for meeting the un-restricted demand