Karnataka Coast reels under power outages; both units of Udupi power shut down | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU/ UDUPI: The coast, which was a cauldron due to soaring temperatures from the past fortnight, has turned into a frying pan with unscheduled power outages hitting consumers after the 1200 MW coal-based Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) shutting down both of its units due to technical snags four days back.
The unscheduled load shedding is carried out during the peak hours between 6am to 9am and 6 pm and 8 pm. On an average Mescom needs 1200 MW (25 million units) per day during the summer months and currently it is getting 800 Mw to 900 MW (about 21 million units) from Load Dispatch Centre. From the past three days, there have been load shedding lasting one to two hours, both in the mornings and evenings. These power outages are not area specific and Mescom decides to cut power, after getting instructions from the LDC, in areas which draw maximum power.
Highly placed sources in UPCL told TOI there was boiler leakages in one of the units and with the other there was leakage in the air pre-heater system and it would take time to rectify the issue. “The plant would be operational by the middle of next week as the State Government is putting pressure on us to get the plant up and running as soon as possible,’’ noted the source.
This financial year, Bescom is the largest beneficiary of power generated from UPCL at 50%, Hescom is next at 12%, Gescom (11), Cesc (14) and Mescom gets 13% of the power generated from UPCL. UPCL is critical to the state’s power needs as it meets 12-18% 0f the state’s energy needs. It was 5-8% higher in the earlier years, but solar power has changed the equation. The Udupi Power Project supplies 90% of the power it generates to the State of Karnataka and 10% to the State of Punjab.
But Mescom is drawing out contingency plans to mitigate the situation and looking at purchase of additional power or look at its wind power options if things turn worse. MESCOM headquartered at Mangaluru is vested with the responsibility of distribution of power to the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru.
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