AP Genco steps up power generation at Jurala

Srisailam project received inflows for the first time this monsoon on Monday at the rate of 65,000 cusecs following release of water from Jurala dam upstream.

Jurala is getting about 70,000 cusecs of inflows from the Karnataka reaches of the Krishna consequent to Almatti and Naryanpur projects achieving full reservoir level.

AP Genco stepped up power generation at Jurala by pressing three more units of the dam’s 234-MW capacity hydel station into service. Out of the six units of this station (three already in operation since Sunday), each with capacity of 39 MW, the undertaking was contributing 4.2 million units of energy to AP Transco, said G. Adiseshu, Director (Hydel), Genco.

The inflows to Jurala and Srisailam are expected to be steady for two to three days before gradually falling, said C. Muralidhar, Engineer-in-Chief, Irrigation.

Any release of water from Srisailam to Nagarjunasagar that lies about 100 km downstream, is ruled out for the present. It will be possible only through power generation after the storage improves.

Now, the right and left bank powerhouses of Srisailam which account for an installed capacity of 770 MW and 900 MW respectively, are kept idle.

A huge quantity of 4.4 lakh cusecs of water is released from the Cotton Barrage across the Godavari in Rajahmundry.