Goa's power requirement to double in next six years: Report

The ES report which was tabled on the floor of the House yesterday, said  the projected demand of Goa for the year 2010-12 is 721 MW and for the year 2016-17, is 1083 MW.

"The present suppressed maximum demand of Goa is 440 MW, which takes into consideration peak load restriction imposed on bulk industrial consumers, and also the present ban imposed on release of new loads above 150 KVA," the report said.

It further says that the current restriction is due to power shortage as the Central sector allocation is not sufficient to meet the growing demand.

The ES states that the projected power requirement stems from the 17th electric power survey conducted by Central Electricity authority.

The survey report said that to meet the deficit, various short term and long term measures are being taken up.

"Power purchase agreements with National Thermal Power Corporation for purchase of power from Solapur, Mauda, Vindhyachal, Korba, Khargone, Gadarwara, Dhuvaran have been executed," it states.

Goa does not have power generation facilities of its own. However, there exists a 48 MW Naptha based power plant by M/s Reliance Infrastructure Limited and two co-generation power plants of 30 MW and 12 MW from where the state purchases 34 MW of power.

The ES states that Goa is mostly dependent on the power allocated from the Central Generating Stations in the western and southern regions wheeled through neighbouring state grids.

The present allocated share from these central generating stations are 298 MW from Western Region and 100 MW from the Southern Region.

Department officials said that various transmission and sub-transmission development schemes have been taken up from the Electricity Duty Fund.

"Priority has been given for works inter-linking important 33 KV sub-stations with underground cable link from the 110 KV sub-stations," he said.

The department is also planning augmentation of the transformation capacities at the 33 KV sub stations by providing additional power transformation capacity has also been taken up.

The officials said that these measures would improve the quality and reliability of power supply and help meet the future load growth.

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