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Two new thermal plants to be inaugurated soon, but power generation to wait

Vishal Rambani  Patiala, November 20, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:59 IST(20/11/2013)

Though the Punjab government will inaugurate the Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura thermal plants in the next fortnight, the actual generation from these plants will begin only next year.

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The government has fixed November 25 for inauguration of the 660 MW unit of the Talwandi Sabo plant, while the Rajpura plant will be dedicated to the people on December 8, the birthday of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The government intends to inaugurate the two plants before the investors' conclave scheduled for December 9 and 10.

Sources said though the two plants would be inaugurated this year, the real power generation -- synchronisation of the units with the National Grid, would take place in January next year.
"The private company will only light up the boiler on November 25 and it will be declared as inaugurated," said a PSPCL official dealing with the private units. No plan of synchronisation of the units, which meant the real generation, had been submitted to the PSPCL or the Northern Grid, he added.

He said attaining synchronisation is a cumbersome process that would take at least a month. "After going through various processes when the unit runs on full capacity for 72 hours, only then the Northern Grid controlling agency allows synchronisation. So it will take at least a month to 40 days for synchronisation of the first unit of Talwandi Sabo," said the official.

The work on the chimney of the Talwandi Sabo plant was recently completed, while the last-minute checking to light up the boiler is on.

When contacted, PSPCL CMD KD Chaudhari said, "November 25 is a big day for Punjab as after a gap of 30 years another unit will be inaugurated. There is a set procedure of synchronisation that one has to follow. The commercial generation will start by December end, though the plants will become operational by November 25 and December 8."

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