BHUBANESWAR: Already reeling under power scarcity, outage of five thermal power generating units has worsened the situation triggering load shedding across the State.
While one unit of 500 MW of Talcher Super Thermal Power Station (TSTPS) at Kaniha is under annual maintenance, the second unit of TSTPS stage-I went out of the grid on Sunday due to leakage in boiler tube. This led to a short supply of about 150 MW.
Meanwhile, one of the six units of Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) is under scheduled annual maintenance. The State is losing about 100 MW from this unit.
With restriction on hydro power generation due to erratic monsoon, the State is facing power deficit of about 300 MW, official sources said.
Faced with short supply of power from Gridco, all the four power distribution companies - CESU, Nesco, Southco and Wesco - have resorted to unscheduled power regulation.
Gridco was able to supply 2800 MW on Monday against an average demand of 3100 MW. The gap in the demand and supply further widened to about 600 MW during the morning and evening peak hour.
The city experienced unscheduled power cuts throughout Monday due to short supply. The CESU was getting 800-850 MW during the peak hour against a demand of 1200 MW, sources in the utility said.
However, vital installations of the city including Capital Hospitals, Secretariat and water supply agencies have been spared from power regulations.
Reports from Berhampur and Sambalpur stated that Southco and Wesco were drawing 25 per cent less power than their demand. Rural areas are experiencing power cuts of more than four hours daily.
The power regulation is likely to persist till the situation improves on the hydel power front. The State-run Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) is generating 360 MW due to restriction imposed by the Government.