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Resurgent Monsoon Boosts Power Sector

The state’s power scenario appears to be in the pink with the hydel reservoirs receiving ample inflow, thanks to a resurgent southwest monsoon.

Published: 20th July 2015 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2015 05:44 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state’s power scenario appears to be in the pink with the hydel reservoirs receiving ample inflow, thanks to a resurgent southwest monsoon.  As Saturday, the reservoirs are 44 per cent full and have enough water to generate 1805.9 million units (MU). At the moment, daily consumption of electricity in the state ranges between 55-60 MU. Exactly a month ago, the situation was rather bleak with the dams only 25 per cent full, with just enough water to generate 1,023 MU. The KSEB reservoirs had received record inflow in 2007-08 (2494.29 MU) owing to a robust monsoon that year.

“The water position in the reservoirs at present is satisfactory. The inflow has come to our expectations,” C V Nandan, director (Generation and Human Resources Management), KSEB said. This has enabled the KSEB to double hydel generation. With the monsoon playing truant in the initially, the KSEB had had to reduce power generation to as low as 8-9 MU till a month ago. The better water levels have now enabled them to increase it to 16.85 MU as on Saturday. Compared to last year also, the KSEB is in a better position with regard to hydropower generation. During this time last year, the dams could generate only 1,186 MU.

The Idukki reservoir is 46 per cent full, while Pampa, Sholayar and Idamalayar are 34, 26 and 37 per cent full.

in abundance

  • Enough water in hydel reservoirs to generate 1805.9 MU
  • KSEB ups hydel generation
  • Combined water levels at 44 per cent
  • Idukki reservoir 46 per cent full
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