Khedar power plant to be revived soon

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Apr 7 2011, 06:10am hrs
The resumption of coal supply to the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant (RGTPP) has accelerated the revival of plant. Both the units of the plant are likely to be rejuvenated within a fortnight.

Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) is planning to light up the boiler of the first unit on April 10 and the second on April 17. Managing director of HPGCL Sanjeev Kaushal informed FE that the coal supply has resumed to the plant and at present , the stock is available for about two-and-a-half days. The two units require about 22,000 tonne of coal per day on an average basis.

We are waiting for the stock to reach a level of seven days atleast before reviving the units. As coal for this plant comes from Orissa's Mahanadi Coal Fields, it takes four-five days for it to reach the power plant. Once we have a week's stock in hand it will be comfortable to resume power generation from Khedar, said he.

RGTPP Khedar, was under forced closure from March 9, due to disrupted coal supply, caused by railway blockades put up by the agitating jats, demanding reservation in government jobs under OBC quota. The agitation carried on for three weeks, and finally came to an end on March 25 after talks with Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Hooda announced setting up of Haryana Backward Classes Commission that will submit its report within a month on inclusion of castes like Jat, Jat Sikh, Bishnoi, Tyagi Roar and similar castes in backward classes. Coal supply was badly hit due to Jat agitation as they had put up blockades on the railway tracks at 14 different lines in the state. The decision to call off their stir came a day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Haryana government to immediately get the rail tracks cleared of protesters and restore normal movement of trains.

The total installed generation capacity of HPGCL is 3230 MW. There is a generation loss of 288 lakh units on daily basis due to closure of Khedar power plant. But the state has made arrangements by buying power from other states and the power exchange to tackle the crisis. Kaushal further added, At present the power requirement in the state is low and as on April 3 we supplied 700 lakh units. The temperature has also not risen much and we are managing well. Moreover u nit-5 and unit-3 of Panipat thermal power plant are under planned shut down for annual overhauling and preventive maintenance for 15 and 25 days respectively. Panipat thermal power plant requires about 22,000 tonnes of coal per day on an average.

Though coal is being supplied to the 1360 MW Panipat thermal power plant but the stocks are available for two-three days only. The units are generating power right now but the stocks are marginal and if supply is hit there can be a problem, said Kaushal.