Grid snag trips power

Ranchi, Jan. 15: Fourteen of the state's 24 districts were left without power since early morning today as a series of snags shut down two generating units each of Patratu Thermal at Ramgarh and Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) at Lalpania in Bokaro.

The four units tripped one after another at 5.15am. The simultaneous trippings brought power generation in the state to a complete halt. Figures released by Eastern Load Despatch Centre showed generation from Jharkhand fell to zero against a peak time demand of over 900MW.

"Generation was disrupted around 5.15am today due to technical snags in the grid. Both our two units tripped one after another. We are in the process of lighting up our units and we expect to do so by this evening. Normalcy can be expected within two hours of our units being synchronised back into the state grid," TVNL general manager Ramavtar Sahu told The Telegraph over phone.

A.K. Srivastava, spokesperson for Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), too stressed normal power supply could be expected from late this evening. "We are overdrawing power from the central pool, in excess of our scheduled allocations. With the help of this power, we are trying to light up our units at Patratu and TVNL," Srivastava said.

By afternoon, one unit at Patratu was lit up which began to contribute around 40MW. However, faced with a deficit of over 400MW, after taking into account total drawings from the central pool, JSEB was left with little option but to enforce blackouts in phases throughout its command areas spread over Ranchi, Gumla, Lohardaga, Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Latehar, Chatra, Garhwa and Palamau.

While power was restored in Ranchi by afternoon with the help of power drawn from the central pool, JSEB drew 100MW from DVC and another 98MW from Maithon Power to meet demand. By evening, both units at TVNL were lit up though it took several hours to synchronise the units back into the state grid.

The blackouts could not have come at a more inopportune time with Ranchi and the entire state gearing up for the third one day international between India and England to be played at the newly constructed Jharkhand State Cricket Association international cricket stadium at Dhurwa in Ranchi on January 19.

However, Srivastava stressed that necessary care was being taken to ensure uninterrupted power throughout the duration of the ODI.

"The international cricket stadium has been connected with the help of underground cables to the sub-station at the Assembly to ensure continuous power. Since power supply to the Assembly receives top priority, there will not be any hitch in supply during the match," Srivastava added.

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