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AP Transco likely to resume purchase from Gridco soon

Indrani Dutta

KOLKATA, Oct. 30

THE Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board (APSEB), which had stopped buying power from Grid Corporation of Orissa (Gridco) for the last 10 days on account of a tariff dispute, is expected to resume power purchases soon, power sector sources said.

It has now been decided that Gridco will not be paid the enhanced tariff of Rs 2.35 that they were demanding from the APSEB. Instead the tariff will be maintained at its present level of Rs 2.28 till March 2002. This tariff has been prevalent for the las t two years. The earlier tariff was Rs 2.08.

The APSEB, normally buys around 200 MW power from Gridco. This power is supplied through the Balimela (Orissa)-Upper Sileru (Andhra Pradesh) 220-kv line.

Throughout the past week, the power surplus eastern region, maintained its exports at 1190 MW despite the increased demand during the Durga Puja festival. During these days it sent 450 MW of power to the south through the new high voltage line between Ga juwaka in Andhra Pradesh and Jeypore in Orissa. The capacity of this line, set up as a World Bank-aided project, under the National Grid programme is 500 MW.

Supplies to the northern region was around 280 MW, the western region bought 350 MW daily and 110 MW was exported to the north east, sources said.

Meanwhile following the order on the postponement of the Availability Based Tariff (ABT) system by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), it has now been decided that the ABT would be introduced simultaneously all over the country from Dec ember 31, 2001.

The ABT, a new commercial mechanism which sought to replace the earlier bulk power energy accounting system, for Central sector generating stations was formulated by the CERC, as part of its programme for improving grid discipline. The lynch pin of ABT was a component called unscheduled interchange (UI), which was linked to grid frequency. UI rewarded an utility for maintaining discipline and penalised violations.

It may be mentioned here that although the ABT was scheduled to be launched from April 1, 2001 beginning with the southern region, court cases filed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and its counterpart in Andhra Pradesh stalled the process.

Consequently, four constituents of the Eastern Regional Electricity Board (EREB) too objected to ABT's launch in the eastern region from June, saying that since it was not operational in the south with whom there was substantial power exchange it could n ot be implemented in the east. However, the ABT accounting norms were being followed although no bills were being raised on that basis, sources said. Now even that would not be required to be done till December-end.

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