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Web Exclusive | November 2012

CEA review highlights over 11% power generation loss

 

In a recent review of power situation in the country, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) said the country lost over 11 per cent in power output in 2011-12 on account of fuel shortage, transmission bottlenecks and equipment problems.

During the preceding financial year, the country produced 876.89 billion units of electricity.

During the year, the country witnessed 11.46 per cent growth in generation loss owing to non-availability of thermal units on forced outages. The increased forced outages was due to increased forced shutdown of units due to coal supply problem and transmission constraints and equipment problems of some new units, the CEA report said.

The report said 59.87 per cent of the total forced shut downs were of duration of up to 24 hours. Around 39 per cent outages were of duration varying from 1 to 25 days and only 1.45 per cent of shut downs were for more than 25 days.

In September 2011, the total loss of generation (6,574 MU) owing to planned maintenance of thermal units and various forced outages was the highest.

The generation from gas-based plants had negative growth rate on account of low schedules from the beneficiaries coupled with shortage of gas.

   

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