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Sustainability of 24x7 power supply..-- Main Mantra of the AP power sector

  • AP plans to purchase power during monsoon to ensure 24x7 power supply
  • In view of the coal shortage in the country that is expected in coming months, AP to procure 500 MW to 1500 MW daily in peak hours from the open market.
  • APDISCOMs floated a tender for procurement of shortfall power under short term
  • E-Reverse Auction (e-RA) for the said tender event concludes on 28.06.2022
  • Southwest monsoon may hamper mining and transportation of coal
  • Coal reserves are not at expected level at thermal power stations across country
  • Country may face another coal shortage in coming months
  • Electricity demand in the State between July and October is expected to rise by 6 per cent
  • In view of this AP Power utilities decided to purchase power in the open market in peak hours.
  • Utilities also taken steps to import 31 lakh tonnes of coal
  • Government is ready to face any kind of situation that will arise due to coal shortage

                                                   --- Energy minister, Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy

  • Government never compromise on supplying 24x7 to electricity consumers
  • The Chief Minister is very keen on supplying quality power even to the remotest household in the state.
  • Govt. never hesitate to purchase power at higher cost keeping public interest in mind

 

As the country is expecting another power shortage due to coal shortage in coming months, the AP Power utilities have devised a short term plan to purchase a quantum of power ranging from 500 MW to 1500 MW daily based on demand from July to October-2022 as part of efforts to address the challenge of coal shortage and continue to ensure 24x7 quality and reliable power supply on sustainable basis in Andhra Pradesh.

 

During a review by minister for energy Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy on power supply position with AP power utilities on Thursday through video conference, the officials explained the measures being taken by the utilities to continue 24x7 power supply despite the coal shortage that is expected in coming months.

The officials explained that the thermal power plants across the country may not be able to address the increase in power demand in coming months during monsoon due to severe shortage of coal that is expected due to the south west monsoon which may hamper mining and transportation of coal in the country.

Even as India had a capacity of mining over 1500 million ton of coal last year, the total production was only 777 million tons which is half of its production capacity. As the coal reserves are not at expected level at thermal power stations this year as well and it may not be possible to increase adequate coal stocks, the country may face another coal shortage in the coming months.

 

Besides, the monthly electricity demand in the State for months of July, August, September and October is expected to be 5684 MU, 6517 MU, 6071 MU, and 6224 MU respectively which is expected to rise by 6 per cent compared to electricity demand for the same period in the last year.

In view of this, the power utilities have decided to purchase a quantum of power ranging from 500 MW to 1500 MW daily  from July to October during the morning peak(05:00 to 8:00 hours), evening peak(18:00 to 24:00 hours) hours and Round The Clock (RTC)(00:00 to 24:00 hours).

APDISCOMs initiated a bilateral procurement through a transparent competitive bidding process in DEEP e-bidding portal, under the control of Ministry of Power and floated a tender for procurement of shortfall power under short term. The e-Reverse Auction (e-RA) for the said tender event concludes on June 28 and the successful bids, after negotiations by APDISCOMs, would be finalized by APDISCOMs on June 29.

And, the APGENCO & AP Power Development Corporation limited (APPDCL) took early steps to import 31 lakh tonnes of coal to address the coal shortage in the state.

Energy minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy appreciated the efforts of utilities to address the coal and power shortage. The minister said that the government is ready to protect the interest of electricity consumers and provide 24x7 power supply.

The Government is committed to face any kind of situation that will arise due to coal shortage and ensure 24x7 quality power supply to the consumers and objective of 9 hours day time power supply to the agriculture sector, the minister said. He also said the government had successfully addressed the challenge of power shortage recently and was successful in supplying 24x7 power even during the hot summer.

“Ours is a pro-public government. We never compromise in protecting the public interest in the power sector.  Our ultimate objective is to provide 24x7 power supply on a sustainable basis and strengthen the power sector, welfare of people and economic development of the State. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is very keen on supplying 24x7 power with highest quality and reliability even to the remotest household in the State” the energy minister said.

Stating that the government never hesitate to procure power even at higher cost in the open market, he asked the utilities to maintain the same tempo in supplying 24x7 power supply in coming months as well. He also asked utilities to lay special focus on agriculture power supply which is one of the highest priorities of the state government.

The special chief secretary energy K Vijayanand explained the minister along with CMD APTRANSCO B Sreedhar and CMDs of DISCOMs that the utilities are continuously pursuing with the Union Ministry of Coal and Railways to improve coal supplies to thermal power plants keeping the rising electricity demand and coal shortage in mind. He asked DISCOMs to take measures to avoid interruptions in power supply and to be alert in resolving any power issues.

He also said that the AP power utilities are making all out efforts to expedite the commissioning of proposed thermal power generation projects, green energy projects, power network strengthening activities etc., for which the energy department is reviewing the construction activities periodically and initiate appropriate steps to avoid any bottlenecks. 

Officials said that the demand on 22nd June-22 was 188.04 MU. This was met from APGENCO Thermal to the tune of 58.97 MU, Hydel 6.03 MU, Central Generating Stations 24.79 MU, Independent power producers 12.92 MU, wind 40.67 MU, solar 18.02 MU, market purchases 27.11 MU and remaining from others. There is no load relief to the domestic and agriculture sector as on 22.06.2022.

During the meeting participated by JMD HRD & Admin/APTRANSCO, I Prudhvi Tej, CMDs of DISCOMs, H Haranatha Rao, J Padma Janardhana Reddy, K Santosha Rao,  the Director Grid APTRANSCO, A V K Bhaskar have explained in detail about the various initiatives towards providing quality


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