Haryana to meet the increased demand for power

Jul 05, 2012 11:09 | Haryana

Chandigarh: The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) is making every possible effort to meet the increased demand for power to the extent possible, and has supplied, on an average, about 1,024 lakh units (LU) per day up to June 2012, against 923 LU per day during the corrersponding period last year. It supplied a record 1,420 LU on June 24, 2012 to the consumers in the state.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of HPGCL said that the shortage in supply of electricity was mainly on account of the unprecedented increase in the demand which had shot up to 1,600 LU per day due to the delayed monsoon, poor coal quality and quantity, and not because of the Chinese equipment used in thermal plants as allegedin a section of the media. He refuted reports blaming the shortage on substandard equipment used in power plants from China.

  The spokesman said that the technical problems in the units of DCRTPP, Yamunanagar, and Unit-1of RGTPP, Khedar, due to which these were under shut-down, could occur in any coal-based thermal plant.
Most of the thermal power plants operating in the country have been subjected to the problem of vibration in turbine bearings and misalignment of rotors etc.

The work of DCRTPP, Yamunanagar, on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis had been awarded to Reliance Energy Ltd (REL), Noida, through international competitive bidding (ICB) route on 30.09.2004, during the tenure of the INLD Government, including the decision to have Chinese OEM supplier.

The DCRTPP gave good performance after commissioning and achieved a plant load factor (PLF) of 70 per cent during the first year, and 82 per cent during the second year. The CEA had appreciated the high standards of erection procedures followed at the project. No compromises were made regarding the quality, at any stage, he said.
For these plants, a reputed company, M/s Desein, New Delhi, was appointed project consultant, and the CEA was the review consultant.

The 3x500 MW Indira Gandhi Thermal Power Project (IGSTPP) which has been set up at Jhajjar as a joint venture project of Govt of Haryana, Govt. of Delhi and the NTPC, has thermal units supplied by BHEL.

Since commissioning, these units are also facing similar problems viz. vibration in bearings, damage of rotor blades, frequent boiler tube leakages etc. Running a thermal power plant involves synchronized operation of complicated machinery and these technical snags can be experienced in any plant.

“It is not appropriate to blame Chinese units for the power shortage in the state. As per data available, Chinese power plants of about 20,000 MW capacity are operational in India. Recently CEA (Ministry of
Power) has given the best performance award to Torangallu Thermal Power Plant for 2010-11 which is also equipped with Chinese machines”, the spokesman said.

The Chinese units at the Mahatma Gandhi Super Thermal Power Station, commissioned by Jhajjar Power Limited (JPL) at Jhajjar, are also giving good performance whenever adequate coal is available. In January 2010, the Government of India awarded the prestigious Meritorious Performance Award (gold shield) for early commissioning to DCRTPP Yamunanagar.

Regarding revival of the DCRTPP units, the spokesman said that all possible steps were being taken to bring them back on bars in minimum possible time. The repair of HIP rotor of 300 MW Unit-2 is in an advanced stage, and the unit is expected to be re-commissioned by mid-August 2012. The work on repair of 300 MW Unit-1has been awarded to Original Equipment Manufacturer SEC China, and the unit is expected to be back on bars by end of November. 2012, the spokesman added.