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How NLC shares power

A.V.Ragunathan
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As some political quarters raise the demand for stopping electricity supply from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation to Karnataka, for its defiant attitude on the Cauvery issue, NLC officials say the public sector undertaking has to strictly adhere to its power sharing formula without deviation.

It is not simply within the power of the NLC to either increase or to decrease or to stop the power supply altogether to any of the southern States or the Union Territory, they say.

Internal requirements

As a power producer, the NLC too has to take care of its internal requirements for which provision has also been made. Besides the allocated quantum, the NLC would have unallocated power that would act as a bumper.

The question of unallocated power would arise only when the NLC is generating its full capacity of 2,490 MW. If there is any shortfall in power generation, there would not be any unallocated power and above all the power sharing would be done as per the prescribed percentage.

Tamil Nadu gets an allocation of 47.40 per cent of the power generated by NLC, while other southern States and Puducherry get smaller allotments.

The NLC sources told The Hindu that NLC did not enjoy any discretionary powers. Therefore, it was not in its hands to enhance or curtail the quantum of power supply.

“It is the duty of the NLC to route the generated electricity to the designated load dispatching centres and from where the Southern Power Grid would take over.”

Electricity would be transmitted to various destinations, according to the industrial (110 kva stations) and domestic (33 kva stations) requirements.


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