State not to face power crunch this summer

Berhampur: After facing power cuts for the last two years, Orissa is unlikely to experience shortage of electricity this summer.

"Since the water level of the reservoirs in the state has improved, we hope that power generation from hydel units will not be hit this time," according to state`s energy secretary P K Jena.

Despite around 10 to 15 per cent deficit rainfall during this year, the water position in all the reservoirs in the hydro-power stations was adequate and power generation was unlikely to be affected this year, he told reporters on the sideline of a seminar here yesterday.

Jena was here to attend a seminar on `glimpses of neo-thoughts in earth sciences` organised by the post-graduate department of Geology, Khallikote (Autonomous) college here.

In the last two years, the state faced severe power crisis due to defeicit hydro-power generation and had power cut from two to five hours daily. The hydro-power generation was affected due to the receding water level in the reservoirs due to deficient rainfall.

"We don`t think the same situation will arise this year, despite the deficient rainfall recorded in the state this year," Jena said. The water level of all the reservoirs in the hydro-power generation stations had improved due to improvement of the reservoir management system, he added.

The hydropower station in the state include Hirakud Power Station-I and II, Balimela, Rengali, Upper Kolab, Upper Indrabati, Machhakund hydroelectric projects and Samala and Meenakhi small hydroelectric projects.

The peak demand of power in the state was now 3,300 MW. The state owned Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) has an installed capacity of 2,062 MW. During 2009-10, the corporation has generated over 6,000 mega units, which was around 35 percent of the total consumption of the state.

Similarly the thermal power generation in the state had also improved when two independent power producers including Aarati Steel Limited and Sterlite Energy Limited have already commenced their power generation with the installed capacity of 50 MW and 600 MW respectively, Jena added.