Two Lehra models shut, provide affected

Two Lehra models shut, provide affected

Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, Might 14

As energy demand in Punjab continued to soar, a unit of state-owned Lehra Mohabbat thermal plant developed a technical snag, hitting the ability provide. The electrostatic precipitators (gadget that removes high quality particles) on the thermal unit stopped working late final evening, inflicting a blast. One other unit was compelled shut reportedly to keep away from injury to it due to the snag within the different unit.

Demand up

Friday 10,900 mw

Saturday 10,366 mw

Final yr 5,727 mw

This has led to the state’s energy era being hit by 420 megawatt (MW). With one unit every at Ropar, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib additionally being shut, both on account of annual upkeep or routine repairs, the state’s whole energy era capability fell by 1,810 MW. By late night, nevertheless, the Talwandi Sabo unit of 660 MW had been synchronised and it began era.

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Senior officers of PSPCL led by CMD Baldev Singh Sran rushed to evaluate the injury to the Lehra Mohabbat unit within the morning and remained there until late this night. Sources stated it might take a number of days earlier than the fault may very well be repaired, because the injury was huge.

The PSPCL has sought the assistance of Bharat Heavy Electricals Restricted (BHEL) to instantly ship their technical workers to restore the models.

Whereas a staff of specialists from BHEL at Chandigarh did go to the plant, officers within the energy utility advised The Tribune one other staff of engineers from Ranipet in Tamil Nadu was anticipated to reach quickly.

Because of the breakdown late final evening, energy outages had been reported in some elements of the state.

The facility demand has shot up like by no means earlier than, reaching 10,900 MW yesterday and 10,366 right this moment. Final yr, the ability demand in Punjab within the corresponding interval was 5,727 MW. Nevertheless, PSPCL officers stated there have been no outages on account of the Lehra unit being shut. The state has been shopping for extra energy on the ability trade, with about 2,000 MW purchased right this moment (@ Rs 3.35 per unit). In truth, it’s now cheaper to purchase energy on the ability trade because the charges have come down prior to now six to seven days.

Energy era hit

  • State’s energy era capability hit by 420 MW with the shutting of two models
  • Whole capability hit by 1,810 MW as a unit every at Ropar, Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib additionally shut
  • Nevertheless, the Talwandi Sabo unit of 660 MW has began era

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