A single thermal power station — Shri Singaji Thermal Power Station (SSTPS) — eats up the biggest share of the overall fixed charges borne by discoms and produces the costliest power. Despite being expensive, the two newly built units have developed technical snags and come to a halt within five months of its commissioning.
Now, when there is a surge in demand all over the state, only one unit of the power station is functional. The discoms have to pay Rs 1,987 crore every year as fixed charges for the SSTPS. As per a reply given in Vidhan Sabha last year, the per unit production cost of energy from this plant was Rs 9.38/unit, which is far above the money paid by the users. Thus, by selling every unit produced by this power station, there is a loss of Rs 3.
The thermal power station has produced only 61% of the power than its installed capacity. Its annual plant load factor (PLF) for the financial year 2018-19 was only 61.99%. Read More