I.A. No. 51/2012 and Petition No. 149/MP/2012. Case: In Re: Exemption of Purulia Pump Storage Project (PPSP) of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd from black start mode and restricted governor mode of operation, Eastern Load Despatch Centre, Kolkata And West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. Vs. Central Electricity Regulatory Commission

Case NumberI.A. No. 51/2012 and Petition No. 149/MP/2012
JudgesDr. Pramod Deo, Chairperson, Shri S. Jayaraman, Member, Shri V.S. Verma, Member and Shri M. Deena Dayalan, Member
IssueElectricity Law
Judgement DateNovember 09, 2012
CourtCentral Electricity Regulatory Commission


(New Delhi)

  1. Through this Interlocutory Application, Eastern Regional Load Despatch Centre (ERLDC) has prayed to direct the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (WBSEDCL), the petitioner in the petition, to include ERLDC as a necessary party to the petition and issue necessary direction to WBSEDCL to furnish the copy of the petition. ERLDC has also requested to grant time to file its reply to the petition. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. has filed petition for approval for granting exemption from operating its Purulia Pump Storage Project (PPSP) in restricted governor mode of operation and black start mode.

  2. The matter was heard on 24.7.2012. Vide Record of Proceeding dated 24.7.2012, the petitioner was directed to submit the requisite information and order in the petition was reserved.

  3. ERLDC in its Introductory Application has submitted that during the grid collapse on 31.7.2012, it was observed that the restoration of Eastern Region got delayed on account of failure of several hydro stations such as Teesta-V, Chukha HPS, Maithon and Upper Indravati to black-start their respective units. Under the circumstances, the time for extension of start-up power to major thermal stations in the region and attaining normal mode of operation could have been significantly reduced, had the black-start support been available from PPSP. ERDLC has further submitted that considering the important role of PPSP, it had been repeatedly emphasizing the need for exploring the black start capability of the plant in ERPC forum. In the 36th, 38th, 45th and 56th OCC meeting held on 24.3.2009, 15.5.2009...

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