The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) on Wednesday said thermal units were being shut down due to less demand for electricity in the state.
In a statement,HPGCL Director (Technical) S S Vasishta said that of the 12 thermal units owned by the corporation in Panipat,Hisar and Yamunanagar,nine have been shut due to less demand since the onset of February. The demand of power is assessed by distribution companies (Discoms) in association with the State Load Dispatch Centre. As per their instructions,HPGCL backs down (forced closure of power units due to less demand) its thermal units,in the interest of grid safety,he added.
Not even a single thermal generating unit of HPGCL has been shut because of fault in any equipment or due to shortage of coal. All thermal units can generate power at their rated capacity. In fact,units that have been spared from backing down and are operational (unit 6 and 8) in Panipat,have achieved an excellent plant load factor (PLF) of 100 per cent and 91 per cent respectively during the current year. Unit 2 of Yamunanagar has also achieved a commendable PLF of 99 per cent during February, the statement added.
Referring to the two 600 MW units of Rajiv Gadhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar,Vasishta said: The two units have been subjected to extensive backing down during February,as the demand was less. These units have been taken under planned shutdown for three to two months to complete pending works…
It is necessary to mention that due to backing down,HPGCL suffers a loss of generation besides deterioration in all its performance parameters PLF,auxiliary consumption,fuel consumption,etc which subsequently increase the cost of generation and reduce the operational efficiency of the units, he added.
During the current year,HPGCL thermal units have been extensively backed down due to less demand resulting into a loss of generation worth 13,494 lakh units up to February 25. During 2011-12,HPGCL units were forced to backed down by 4,260 lakh units only, Vasishta said.