Andhra Pradesh: Uninterrupted power to oxygen plants

Power utilities of Andhra Pradesh are laying special focus on providing uninterrupted power to oxygen plants in the state. There are 22 oxygen generating plants under the purview of three power distribution companies (discoms) with an energy demand of 2,49,196 KVA (kilo volt ampere).

In course of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Union power ministry took steps to ensure 24×7 power supply to 73 oxygen plants in the country. Correspondingly, the AP energy department has taken proactive measures including nomination of nodal officers for each oxygen plant and alternate power supply arrangements.

The discoms are supplying 17.2 million units of electricity per annum to hospitals and Covid care centres. State energy secretary Srikant Nagulapalli, at a review meet on power supply to hospitals, requested power utilities to exert all efforts and asked officials to focus on uninterrupted supply to hospitals and 1.56 crore domestic consumers.

Speaking on the financial health of the power sector, the energy secretary said that Covid-19 has caused an irrecoverable loss to the power sector financially and sales of discoms have dropped by 15 per cent and revenues have dropped at a similar rate.

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