State to buy more power for festivals
PATNA: Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) has invited bids for procurement of 300MW of power from September 1 to November 30 this year to ensure power availability during festivals.
BSEB has also initiated such a process for procurement of 300MW of power for four years from December this year, sources said and attributed the move to the Centre’s failure to respond to the state’s demand for additional 500MW of power. The minimum allocation from central sector, as of now, is 1726MW and the maximum 1772MW, including 496MW from hydel units which do not generate power throughout the year.
“While the average power availability is 1000MW, the state’s average and peak requirement of power ranges between 2000MW and 2500MW,” a power board official told TOI on Thursday.
The state’s Barauni thermal power plant is generating only 40MW as against its installed capacity of 220MW. The state’s joint venture company, Kanti Bijli Utpadan Company Limited, is generating 70MW. Shutdown in these two power plants is also a routine affair.
In view of the crisis, BSEB has signed a power purchase agreement for procurement of 450MW from Jharkhand’s Essar Power Limited. The supply is expected to commence from July 9, 2014, the official said and added the state power board eyes availability of 3342MW of power through procurement by 2015.
The state government has also made a plea to the Centre to allocate power to the state from the 15% “unallocated quota” of the Union ministry of power. The state has also pleaded that it should be allocated 50% of the power generated at NTPC’s super thermal power station at Kahalgaon and its upcoming plant at Barh as the home state’s share. “Also, Bihar should get 100MW of power from DVC,” the official said.