Power News We love to talk!

APR 27 2017

Tangedco defaults payment, Vallur units stop supply

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Thu 27th APR 2017

A week after sounding a warning, NTPC, a joint venture partner of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), has stopped supply of 1,000MW power from its two thermal plants in Vallur to the state power utility owing to nonpayment of `1,156 crore in dues.

On Wednesday, the joint ture company in which venture company in which TNEB has 50% stake, stopped power supply to Tangedco as well as other power distribution companies in the southern states. There are three units of 500MW each at Vallur from where Tangedco gets nearly 70% of the generated power.

Apart from Tamil Nadu, Vallur power is supplied to Puducherry, Karnataka and Telangana also. Coal for the units is supplied partly by Coal India Limited. The rest of the required coal is imported from Indonesia and other countries. When all the three units run, Tamil Nadu gets 1,050 MW from Vallur alone. Along with the loss of 500MW of power from unit 1 of Kudankulam, which has been shut for refuelling, the total power shortfall for Tangedco is 1,550MW .

“We have credit of 60 days from the Vallur units. Of the total `1,56.05 crore due to the joint venture firm, only `400 crore is pending for more than 60 days. We will first pay `400 crore. The balance will be paid after a few other issues are settled with the company," said a senior Tangedco official.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised as to whether Tangedco will be able to meet the growing power demand for summer. "As of now, we have good wind power generation.The cost of wind power is much lower than thermal power -`5.10 per unit. There will be no problem in meeting the power demand as within a few days, wind energy generation will improve," said the official.

In an unrelated development at midnight on Wednesday, a failure in the Manali Mylapore power distribution line left localities like Teynampet, Nandanam, Mylapore, Nungambakkam, Triplicane, Sowcarpet and most parts of north Chennai without power. Electricity minister P Thangamani said 200 Tamil Nadu Electricity Board workers were carrying out repair work and power would be restored in phases area-wise.

 

Tags

TOTAL Karnataka Tamil Nadu Puducherry Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd Telangana Chennai Distribution Companies Coal Wind Coal India Limited Power Generation Wind Power NTPC Ltd Indonesia Energy Joint Venture Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board Power Distribution Manali Power Electricity India Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

Related News

  • JSW Energy inks pacts with Monnet for acquisition of power arm  Read more
  • BHEL to set up thermal plant in Telangana  Read more
  • NTPC, Gujarat government ink pact to swap 1 mn tonne coal  Read more
  • NTPC puts nuclear power projects on hold  Read more
  • Uttar Pradesh counters central government over power supply situation  Read more
  • Coal Auction Round III nets government Rs 4,362 crore  Read more
  • DVC likely to recover 5,000 cr dues from Jharkhand  Read more
  • Mytrah Energy logs Rs 233 cr turnover, nets Rs 72 cr in 9 months  Read more
  • Hydro power generation picks up on sufficient monsoon rainfall  Read more
  • India announces new licensing policy to boost crude oil and gas output  Read more