Monday, October 03, 2011

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Apower shortage in Kerala due to a fall in supply from the central pool has forced the state government to announce 30-minute load-shedding for all categories of consumers between 1830 hours and 2230 hours from Monday.

Making a statement in the State Assembly on the power situation under Rule 300, Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed said there was about a 400-MW shortfall in electricity supply from the Centre due to a decline in production at the Ramagundam power plant following the Telengana agitation and problems at the Neyveli (Tamil Nadu) and Talcher (Orissa) power plants.

"The total power requirement of Kerala during peak hours and the daytime is 2,900 MW and 2,300 MW, respectively," he said. Supply during peak hours from the power plants of the Kerala State Electricity Board was nearly 1,600 MW and another 680 MW is available from the central pool, he said.

In addition, though the fuel cost was high, KSEB has arranged for 64 MW of additional supply from the Kozhikode thermal plant and 85 MW from the Brahmapuram thermal plant during peak hours, he said.

"Still, there is a shortage of about 470 MW in peak hours and efforts are on to get more power from the central pool under the unallocated share system," he said. Muhammed said the power crisis began on September 29 and KSEB has already imposed certain restrictions on supply.

The total installed capacity of the power plants is 2,233 MW, of which hydel power produces 1,997 MW and thermal plants 236 MW. As scheduled maintenance work had to be carried out on many generators and plants, they would not be able to produce electricity at their installed generation capacity throughout the year, he added. 

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