Haryana blames delayed monsoon, quality of coal

The Haryana government on Wednesday claimed that it was making all possible efforts to meet the increased demand of power.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 5, 2012 2:24:32 am

The Haryana government on Wednesday claimed that it was making all possible efforts to meet the increased demand of power.

In a statement,the government said: “The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) is making every possible effort to meet the increased demand for power,and has supplied,on average,1,024 lakh units (LU) per day up to June 2012,against 923 LU per day during the corresponding period last year. It supplied a record 1,420 LU on June 24,2012.”

Regarding the revival of Deenbandhu Chottu Ram Thermal Power Plant (DCRTPP) units,the HPGCL officials said that all possible steps were being taken to bring the units 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. 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,” an HPGCL official added.

Attributing the power crisis to delayed monsoon and poor quality and quantity of coal,HPGCL officials refuted reports that it because of Chinese equipment that power plants have not been able to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

A HPGCL spokesperson said: “Technical problems in the units of DCRTPP,Yamunanagar,and Unit-1of Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Khedar have led to their shut down. This could occur in any coal-based thermal plant. Most thermal plants in the country have been subjected to the problem of vibration in turbine bearings and misalignment of rotors. The work of DCRTPP,Yamunanagar basis was awarded to Reliance Energy Ltd in Noida,through international competitive bidding route on September 30,2004,during the tenure of the INLD government. The decision to have Chinese OEM supplier was also taken then only.”

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

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