A NEW 210 mw unit No 4 of Parichha Thermal Powerhouse will become functional by December-end. Another 210-mw unit no 3 became operational only a few months ago.
According to a senior Vidyut Utpadan Nigam official, though the unit no 4 would be functional this month, it might not operate on full load due to certain operational problems. “The coal handling problem is yet to be solved and we expect to resolve it within next few months,” he said.
Both the units No 3 and four have been set up by the Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL), which started the work on the project in 2002.
The Utpadan Nigam is spending Rs 1,425 crore on setting up two units, as part of Parichha extension. Of the 1,425 crore, 30 per cent has come from the State Government, as the equity, whereas rest of the amount was borrowed from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC).
RVUNL moots powerhouses’ audit by CPRI
THE UP RAJYA Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) has decided to get all its five powerhouses audited from some outside agency, preferably by the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), Bangalore.
The agency will examine things like consumption of coal and generation of electricity by the powerhouses and how the coal consumption can be reduced.
The Nigam till date was relying on the audit being done by a German Company called STEAG Encotee Pvt. However, the Nigam is not satisfied with the interim report submitted by the German company recently.
“They have come out with a sketchy and general report. Probably they did not even visit power houses,” said a Nigam official.
“Since, we do not have to pay any thing to the company for conducting the audit, we also do not have any moral right to say anything to the company,” he said.
But now, the corporation has decided to get the audit conducted in all the State’s powerhouses, most likely by the CPRI. However, prior to that, the corporation has invited field officials’ comments on the interim audit report prepared by the German company. “We have also told them to remove glaring defects in the powerhouses before an audit begins there,” the official said.