RINL, HPCL refinery turn to captive power

Power supply was disrupted on Monday and there was a blackout in most coastal towns and villages in Andhra Pradesh as the electricity employees went on strike in the coastal districts and Rayalaseema area against the Union Government’s decision to bifurcate the State and form Telangana.

All industries, commercial establishments and other institutions were hit.

The Visakhapatnam steel plant, which experienced minor disruption in production on Sunday, was totally disconnected from the State power grid on Monday and the plant was running solely on captive power units with a capacity of 240 MW. Sources said only the most essential systems were being maintained and the production was curtailed.

HPCL Visakha refinery sources said the refinery was running on captive power and there was no impact on the production.

The units in the Jawaharlal Nehru Phrama City at Parawada were also facing a huge problem, according to Lal Krishna, the CEO of Ramky, the developer. He said 43 units were functioning in the pharma city and most of the units were managing with limited supply on captive diesel power sets.

Only a few of the bigger companies such as Eisai and Hospira had full captive power backup and the smaller units were totally dependent on supply by the State Government. “We are facing a huge problem here.

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