Chandigarh, July 1: With the arrival of monsoon in Punjab and widespread of heavy rain across the northern region it has been a major relief for Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) as the overall power demand has been dipped to 7000 MW.
Seeing the decrease in demand, some thermal and hydro plants were also shut by Powercom.
As per the Powercom officials and according to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, due to scorching heat and paddy season, the demand for electricity has crossed 14000 MW which has been decreased to 7000 MW and the remaining demand for electricity stood at 7200 MW.
Meanwhile, 3 out of 4 units of Ropar Thermal Plant were shut down
One unit of Lehra Mohabbat Thermal with a capacity of 920 MW was already shut down due to technical glitches and two more units were shut down due to rainfall.
Although all the three units of Talwandi Sabo Thermal Plant with 1980 MW are still running, but still they are being run at half capacity.
Similarly, the production from both the 540 MW Goindwal Sahib Thermal units has been reduced to 300 MW.
Rajpura thermal plant with 1400 MW electricity has been reduced to 670 MW.
One unit of Lehra Mohabbat Thermal with a capacity of 920 MW was already shut down due to technical glitches and two more units were shut down on Thursday and the remaining one unit was also shut down on Friday morning due to declining power demand.
Apart from the thermal units, four units of the 600 MW Ranjit Sagar Dam hydel project have also been shut down.
(Inputs by Gagandeep Ahuja, Patiala)