Probe below par performance of Sasan UMPP – AIPEF
V K Gupta
June 2nd, 2014

Probe below par performance of Sasan UMPP – AIPEF
Monday June 2 2014
All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has demanded a probe in to below par performance of Sasan UMPP. Reliance has commissioned the fourth unit of Sasan UMPP on May 27 but the performance of three units already commissioned is below par. Out of 6 units now units 5 and 6 of 660 MW each are yet to be commissioned.
During the first two months of current financial year the plant load factor of units was 68.38 % whereas it was just above 58% in last financial year. The first unit of thermal plant was commissioned in August 2013, second in January 2014 and third in April 2014.
There are seven States having power purchase agreement with Reliance. Madhya Pradesh is to get 37.5 % of power generated from plant , Punjab 15%, Haryana and Delhi 11.25%, UP 12.5% , Rajasthan 10%, and Uttarakhand 2.5%The power to be supplied in the first two tariff years is at about 70 paise per unit while the levelised tariff over 25 years is 119.6 p/unit.
AIPEF has written to Union Power ministry that Central electricity Authority must investigate the continuous poor performance of Sasan since the procurer states are losing energy at 70 p/unit. In States like UP where there is acute energy shortage the poor performance of Sasan adds to the quantum of power cuts.
For the current financial year up to 31 May the scheduled generation is 1802.058 million units (MU) with PLF of 68.38% against the minimum requirement of 80%.The PLF of UMPP could easily be around 95% and as such the plant could have generated 2503.686 MU. Thus there is a shortfall of 689.812 MU power availability for procurer state.
The shortfall in power availability for individual states is Madhya Pradesh ( 258.7MU) ,Punjab (103.5MU) ,Delhi & Haryana (77.6MU) ,UP (86.2MU ) , Rajasthan (69MU)and Uttarakhand ( 17.2 MU) respectively.
During the last financial year the declared capacity from Sasan was just 59%.The Sasan UMPP from August 16 to March 31 the station has delivered 2526.224 Million Units (MU) as scheduled energy with plant load factor being 58.30 % against 3466.30 MU with 80% PLF.
Padamjit Singh Chief Patron of AIPEF said that said that while the market rate of power is around Rs 4 per unit the first year tariff of Sasan is 70 p/unit. The financial impact on procurer States on account of reduced availability from Sasan is Rs 3.30 per unit.

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