Orissa to swap power to meet shortfall

February 25th, 2009 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 25 (IANS) Power trader PTC India will swap power with Orissa to help it overcome the power shortage it is facing currently, an official said Wednesday.
PTC - formerly Power Trading Corp of India - will supply about 150 MW daily to Grid Corp of Orissa (Gridco), the bulk supplier of electricity in the state.

Under a short-term agreement signed Tuesday, PTC will make the supply from Feb 25 to March 31, and get back 5 percent more than what it supplies between Sep 1 and Oct 15, Gridco director (commercial) A.C. Mallik, told IANS.

PTC will source the energy from New Delhi Power Ltd, a distribution company controlled by Tata Power.

Orissa is facing a daily shortfall of 110 MW after one unit of the Talcher thermal power plant developed a technical snag. The state government is at present meeting the shortfall drawing electricity from Orissa Hydro Power Corp.

According to Mallik, Orissa requires about 2,800-3,000 MW during peak periods, particularly in summer, and about 2,300-2,500 MW during off-peak periods.

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