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As it has a large installed capacity of 1,000 MW, all meant only for the State, the two-unit plant's any outage or resumption is making a vast difference, causing extreme situations at the distribution level.
Both units went out of generation on Saturday night due to technical snags, but the second unit rejoined the grid on Sunday. However, it again went on outage this evening, leaving the Transco high and dry. According to Transco officials, the NTPC launched efforts for resuming the operation at the earliest. The first unit, however, will take some more days for coming back.
With a view to meeting the risks of fluctuations in the output due to such outages and faced with increased agriculture demand, the Transco has hiked purchases from West Bengal to 500 MW, of which 300 MW will be for daytime and 200 MW will for nights. Besides, hydel stations are being operated at a peak level in the Sileru complex where the water position is said to be "comfortable" and, at the required level at Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar to extent of meeting the peak demand.
Srisailam continues to be in focus holding the key to the power problem.
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