Double digit growth rate in thermal generation during February

Double digit growth rate in thermal generation during February

Monday March 19, 2012

New Delhi

Coal based plants in the country achieved a double digit growth rate of 13.09% during February’12 over same month last year and exceeded its generation target by 2.78 billion units.

According to Central Electricity Authority energy report the growth rate of thermal generation was maximum (22.64%) in the Eastern Region during the month. It was mainly due to improved generation of DVC coal based stations.

M R Parihar Chief Engineer Lehra Mohabatt thermal plant in Punjab said that all the four units plant generated more than 100% during the month. The plant achieved monthly station plant load factor of 100.09%. It has achieved a PLF of more than 100% for 27th time since its inception. Moreover stage 2 units achieved highest ever generation of 126.96 lakh units on February 21 with load factor of 105.80

The availability of coal for power sector continued to be critical input for thermal generation growth. The thermal power stations received about 34.8 MT of coal against the requirement of 39.1 MT during this month. It was about 89% of the total requirement of coal.

The PLF of coal based thermal stations during February’12 was 78.31 % in comparison

To 80.94% during February’11. The reduction in PLF of thermal generation was due to less generation by some newly stabilized units, increased generation loss due to coal supply problems, Wet /poor coal quality, transmission evacuation problems, less demand etc.

8 Thermal plants in country generated less power due to coal related problems. These are Kahalgaon, Kolaghat, Kothagudem, Mejia, Muzaffarpur, Parli and Sagardighi.

The generation loss reported so far due to coal supply shortages during April’11-February’12 has also increased to 8.73 billion units (BU) from 6.87 BU for the same period last year. The generation loss due to poor/wet coal has also increased to 4.28 BU during eleven months as compared to 3.10 BU in corresponding period last year.

The coal stock position at various thermal plants continued to remain critical. The coal stock of 40thermal power stations were critical i.e. less than 7days, on March 15. Out of these 21plants were having coal stock of less than 4 days.

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