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Power surplus Punjab to purchase power
The claims of power surplus Punjab is nowhere in sight, instead Punjab has planned to purchase power to tide over anticipated future power shortages due to the coal crisis.The state run three thermal plants are likely to feel the heat of stoppage of coal supplies by PANEM as it has already stopped coal supply from April 10. PANEM meets 60 percent of the coal requirements of the three thermal plants.
In view of the ongoing coal crisis PSPCL issued a tender for short term purchase of power&amp;nbsp; as per which 1000 MW power is to be purchased from 16&lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt;&amp;nbsp; to&amp;nbsp; 31&lt;sup&gt;st&lt;/sup&gt; May, 650 MW from 1&lt;sup&gt;st &lt;/sup&gt;&amp;nbsp;to 9&lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt; June and 1450 MW from 10&lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt; to 30&lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt; June.&amp;nbsp; Cost of power purchase is expected to be as high as Rs 4 per unit or more. &lt;p&gt;The scheduled monthly supply to three power plants is 10.63 MT out of which PANEM supplies 5.83 MT. Lehra Mohabattt thermal plant receives major part of the coal supplied by PANEM totaling about 2.92 lac tons .This implies the monthly coal supply at Lehra Mohabattt will be reduced to 0.68 lac tons&amp;nbsp;against the scheduled supply of 3.87 MT. The coal stock&amp;nbsp;at Lehra Mohabattt thermal&amp;nbsp;is 1.5 Lac MT, just sufficient for 11 days ,Ropar thermal plant&amp;nbsp; 4.80 lac&amp;nbsp; MT ( 25 days) and Bathinda thermal&amp;nbsp; 0.96 Lac MT (17 days).&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;PANAM has been interrupting supplies of coal repeatedly during the past two years and extracting monetary benefits from PSPCL over and above the CPA.&amp;nbsp;PSPCL has been bending backward to oblige PANEM and has paid Rs 50 crore advance payment without interest in March 2013, Rs. 100 per ton as adhoc payment in June 13 and Rs 6 crore per day as advance freight from November 2013. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;According to a senior PSPCL official, there was no problem with PANEM till the time it was able to manipulate the coal testing results. A change of grade was sufficient to earn extra crore of bucks in a month. After streamlining of test procedures and transfer of some coal testing officials, PANEM started feeling the punch as there was not much margin left in coal supplies from PSPCL captive coal mines.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;During&amp;nbsp;the last financial year, all three thermal plants at Ropar, Bathinda and Lehra have failed to meet even the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) generation targets, which are not stringent and are fixed in consultation with PSPCL. Ropar plant’s generation was 8005 million units (MU) against target of 9300 MU, Bathinda 1635 MU against 2347 MU and Lehra 6665 MU against 7238 MU. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Not only this plant load factor (PLF) of Ropar, Bathinda and Lehra thermals during 2013-14 remained 72.5 percent, 41.5 percent and 82.5 percent respectively, which is the lowest during the last ten years, &amp;nbsp;PANEM supplied only 59 Lac tons of coal during 2013-14 against 70 Lac ton approved plan.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;A senior PSPCL official claimed that the mess has been created by the present PSPCL management inapt handling, where CMD/ Directors are only interested in extensions.&lt;br&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<p>
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