Due to shortage of coal, two units of Ropar, two of Lehra, one of Talwandi Sabo and both of Goindwal units remained closed on Friday.
Coal crisis continues in Punjab’s thermal plants. On Friday, only two to 16 days of coal was left in the thermal plant, while the Goindwal thermal plant is already closed due to exhaustion of coal.
On Friday, maximum demand in Punjab was recorded at 7451 MW till late evening. At the same time, the availability of electricity with Powercom remained only 3829 MW. In such a situation, to meet the demand of electricity, Powercom had to buy about 3400 MW of electricity from outside at expensive prices, but still, due to insufficient power supply, the villages were cut for two to three hours on Friday.
On Friday, coal was left for 9 days in Ropar Thermal Plant, six in Lehra Mohabbat, 16 in Rajpura, only two days in Talwandi Sabo. Due to shortage of coal, two units of Ropar, two of Lehra, one of Talwandi Sabo and both of Goindwal units remained closed on Friday. In this way, out of total 15 units of five thermal plants of government and private sector, seven units are running closed.
Till now there is no supply of coal in Goindwal. Due to this, power supply is not likely to start from this plant for several days.
The demand for electricity remained low during the day but by evening the demand suddenly crossed 7400 MW. Experts believe that according to the kind of coal crisis that is going on in the thermal plants of Punjab, there may be a huge power shortage in the paddy season.