SJVNL’s Himachal Plant Hits Record Monthly Generation Target

Shimla: As Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVNL) prepares to come out with its maiden IPO later in the year, the public sector generator surpassed all previous monthly generation records to produce 1143.7 million units (MU) of power in July.

Against a generation target of 1008.9 MU, we generated a record of 1143.7 MU in July, said Vijay Verma, additional general manager SJVNL. The previous best monthly generation at Jhakri plant was 1090.5 MU, achieved in July 2008, he added.

For the April-July period in the current financial year, the cumulative generation from the power station is 3298.9 MU’s, which is higher than the target set up at 3217.5 MU’s.  The target has been surpassed at  a time when the country at large has been facing acute shortage in generation at its major hydro power stations due to low monsoon and subsequent low flows in rivers, said the SJVNL spokesman.

As the 1500 MW Jhakri plant is the largest operating hydro power station in the country, the generation in July 2009, is the highest monthly generation from any hydro power station in the country.

Breaking its own previous records the power station has created history in hydro power generation in India by producing 1143.7 MU’s in a month at an average daily generation of 36.9 MU’s.

The power station is supplying timely power to the northern grid with the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh & Delhi being the beneficiaries.

Further, the Plant Availability Factor (PAF) achieved by the power station during July, 2009 was 105.263% and the cumulative PAF was 102.878%.  This is the highest PAF achieved by any central sector hydro power station operating in northern grid.

NC Bansal, general manager of the plant said that the performance could only be achieved because of prudent management of silt, water and machines.

The power station is targeted to generate 6600 MU of electricity during the year 2009-10 which is likely to be surpassed the plant has faced no closures this year due to rise in silt levels in Satluj River. In 2008 the plant had generated a record 6609 MU of electricity surpassing it years target.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh had commissioned the full plant in May 2004, which had begun partial generation in October 2003.

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