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Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura plants yet to start commercial power production

Vishal Rambani , Hindustan Times  Patiala, January 20, 2014
First Published: 23:18 IST(20/1/2014) | Last Updated: 23:19 IST(20/1/2014)

Inaugurated over the past two months with the promise of making Punjab power-surplus, the Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura thermal power plants are yet to start commercial production of electricity.

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The first unit of the 1,980-MW Talwandi Sabo project was inaugurated on November 25, 2013, while the first unit of the Rajpura plant was inaugurated on December 8, 2013.

As per the latest reports of commissioning of units, the Talwandi Sabo project is yet to run on coal for final synchronisation, while the Larsen and Toubro (L&T)-run Rajpura plant's 700-MW unit had hit a technical snag before the final synchronisation scheduled on January 15.

"There is no addition of the power capacity as of now. And there is no final word from both private players on commissioning the units for commercial purposes," said a PSPCL functionary.

Though L&T has not cited any reason for the delay, sources said the Rajpura plant unit was doing well on the oil run, but when it was switched to coal, it hit a technical snag pertaining to boiler leakage or the fans which supply fresh air to the chimney for the burning of coal. Engineers are working overtime to track the flaw and fix it, an L&T engineer said.

The Talwandi Sabo project is yet to receive coal for commercial operations. It is still not fully tested on the oil run and it would take another half month to become fully operational, said power experts.

When contacted, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited director (generation) GS Chhabra said, "Commissioning a new unit is a complex process, it takes time. The Rajpura project hit a snag when it was approaching the commercial synchronisation on January 15. They have almost fixed the snag and lighted up the boiler. The PSPCL is hopeful of commissioning very soon." He, however, said it would take some more days to fully commission the Talwandi Sabo project, which has now been tested on the oil run.

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