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900MW additional power promise for summer

Patna, March 25: Consumers can expect smooth and quality power supply this summer.

The reason is simple. Distribution companies have been assured of getting around additional power supply of 900MW even in the period of scorching heat.

At present, the state gets between 2,000MW and 2,300MW of power supply. It is expected to receive 890MW of additional power supply between April and July.

Of the total power availability of 2000-2300MW, the state receives 1500-1600MW from the central sector allocation against the scheduled allocation of 2000MW. Besides, the state gets 100MW from Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) and 200-300MW from open market.

Power company sources said the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd (BSPHCL) is all set to start getting 110MW of power supply from BSPHCL-NTPC’s joint venture firm MTPS and 330MW from NTPC’s Barh Super Thermal Power Station by the end of April. Similarly, power companies would start getting 450MW of supply by Essar from July.

The second unit of MTPS, where one unit has been operational since November 2013, would start supplying power latest by March.

While dedicating the MTPS’s first unit after completion of its renovation and modernisation (R&M), chief minister Nitish Kumar had on November 17 last year announced that the second unit too would start generation by the end of March.

NTPC chairman-cum-managing director Arup Roy Chowdhury, who was present on the occasion, had assured that the second unit would be started in April 2014.

NTPC Barh sources said that the plant’s first unit of 660MW of stage-II was scheduled to be made operational by the first week of March but due to technical problems, the deadline to start commercial operation from the plant was extended from March to April.

Barh’s stage-II has two units of 660MW each from which the state has a share of 50 per cent.

The power company has ensured a supply of 1010MW from open market for 25 years under long-term plan.

Under the power purchase agreement, the state would start getting supply of 450MW from Essar from July. The rest 560MW would be supplied from July 2015 onwards.

All these plants promise a major turnaround on the power supply front in the state which may be able to bridge its gap between the demand and supply for the first time since Independence.

At present, the power distribution companies have been able to supply between 2000MW and 2300MW against the state’s peak demand of 3000MW.

The increased power supply from these three sources — Barh, MTPS and Essar — would enable the distribution companies to ensure smooth and quality operations.