The second unit of Anpara-C plant promoted by Hyderabad-based Lanco Kondapalli is likely to start its operations from Tuesday. The project had its first unit of similar capacity in operational stage in earlier October. The unit is proposed to be formally dedicated to the people of Uttar Pradesh by chief minister Mayawati on November 12.
On Sunday, a team of officials from UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) visited the site to assess the situation. Speaking to TOI, chairman, UPPCL, Navneet Sehgal said that the unit will start its operation from Tuesday. With this the state will get an additional 600 Mw of power,” he said.
Significantly, state-owned thermal power stations have not been functioning properly due to one or the other technical fault. Take the example of two units of 200 mw each in Obra. While unit-10 went off the steam following a hydrogen leakage on Saturday, project’s unit 11 was yet to revive itself from a snag in its turbine. The unit had stopped working in July earlier this year and could not restore itself. There was no official word as to when and how these units will revive.
In the private sector, a 300 mw at Rosa thermal power plant too has not been working for nearly a month now. The unit had to be closed following a generator fault on October 7. UPPCL official said that they were not sure as to when the unit will be fire back.
The demand for power is set to rise once again with the fast approaching winters. This will be accentuated further as the state prepares itself for the assembly elections when the state government will make efforts to increase power supply to villages in the remote areas, which normally do not get electricity for more than three to four hours.
The department of energy has also projected to up state’s own power generation by around 2000 Mw by the end of the current financial year. However, with the technical faults in the generation, units pose a major challenge to the department. [TOI]