Raichur: The Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) has geared up with all necessary preparation to generate power to its optimum level for the next six months because the State is likely to face power shortage during this summer period.
With an installed capacity of 1,470 MW (210 x 7 units), the thermal power station at Shakthinagar accounted for 40 per cent of the total power generated in the State.
According to official sources, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) has completed the overhauling of all seven units of the thermal plant and all were in operation simultaneously since December 10 generating more than 35 million units (mu) daily with a plant load factor (PLF) of 100.71 per cent.
It has an assured coal supply from the Singareni Collieries with an average arrival of seven rakes (3,500 tonnes per rake) daily. At present, it has a coal stock of about two lakh tonnes.
KPCL planned to generate about 135 mu of power a month from each thermal unit from February and maintain constant generation till the onset of monsoon. On the other hand, it generates a maximum of about 50 mu of power from its hydel stations where all major hydel reservoirs in the State had an average of 70 per cent availability.
The State had been buying 40 mu daily from the central grid.
The State has installed capacity of 4,640 MW, including 1,470 MW from thermal, 3,166 MW from hydel and 4.55 MW from wind, with a maximum generation capacity of about 84 million units of power daily. Of this, 32 mu comes from the thermal power stations and 46 mu from the hydel power stations.
The generating capacity of the State would be enhanced to 5,140 MW in the next few months when the 500 MW Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) starts generating commercially.
On an average, it would be able to add another nine million units daily to the State grid taking the total generation capacity in the State to 90 mu daily.
The power consumption in the State has been put at 124.10 mu as on Thursday as against 111 mu a day for the corresponding period last year.
With the daily average power consumption being 118 mu in February, 115 mu in March and 121 mu in April last year, the scenario this year is likely to worsen.
It is estimated that the daily power consumption in the State may reach an all-time high of 140 mu in March, increasing pressure on the Government.