State will soon overcome power shortage: Minister | Patna News
Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said on Thursday that the energy crisis in the state will be resolved to some extent with the operation of Nabinagar super thermal power station from Thursday. “All states are facing power shortage as the country battles power crisis. Bihar is facing a power deficit of 1,000 MW following the early arrival of summer peak and reduction in hydropower generation,” he said.
According to the principal secretary of the energy department, Sanjeev Hans, they buy 600 MW of electricity every day from the electricity exchange at a higher rate. He said the power consumption in the state is close to 6,000 MW per day while the availability from different sources is around 5,000 to 5,200 MW per day. In Bihar, the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has a total installed capacity of up to 8,400 MW in six thermal power projects and 25-30 units. Total power allocation to the state is 5,200, NTPC provides 4,200-4,800 MW per day, while the state receives only 10% power from the power exchange – India Energy Exchange (IEX).
Meanwhile, NTPC officials said power demand was at its peak due to rising temperature in the state, however, average demand is around 4,000 MW. “The NTPC gives more electricity than the average programming. But sometimes we encounter problems in some units due to technical faults. We closed a unit of the super thermal power plant in Barh on Wednesday as a precaution because it was still stabilizing. It was commissioned last November and generates 650 MW, out of the 500 MW allocated to Bihar. The plant will be operational from Friday. A Kahalgaon unit, which is developing a technical problem, was restored on Thursday evening. It generates 250 MW, of which 48 MW is allocated to Bihar,” an official said.
In terms of meeting electricity demand, Bihar is in a much better position if you compare the figures with other states in the country as the state is 85-90% dependent on NTPC for electricity. The NTPC has a grid that can deliver electricity to any corner of the state, the sources said.