India Faces Power Shortages

14 July 2009 (Last Updated July 14th, 2009 18:30)

India could face power shortages later this year with catchment areas down and uranium and coal supplies drying up, experts have warned. Hydropower generation in India has fallen 9.3% in June this year as the monsoon season failed to deliver rains needed to fill catchment areas.

India could face power shortages later this year with catchment areas down and uranium and coal supplies drying up, experts have warned.

Hydropower generation in India has fallen 9.3% in June this year as the monsoon season failed to deliver rains needed to fill catchment areas.

Nuclear power generation also fell with supplies of uranium drying up, despite bilateral talks.

The situation has lead to predictions of a wider power deficit in the later part of the year, when it is also expected thermal power will come under pressure due to tight supply of coal.

Plant-load factors were below 50% and growth for nuclear was down 10% in June alone.

India’s hydropower capacity is 18,275MW and its nuclear capacity is 4,120MW.