DVC thermal plant losing 120 LUs of power daily

Submitted by VK Gupta on Tue, 14/02/2012 - 5:56am

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DVC thermal plant losing 120 LUs of power daily

Yogindra Mohan

Patiala

The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) has been losing 120 lakh units daily for the last six months from Durgapur steel plant thermal plant as coal supply has not commenced.

The 500 MW Durgapur steel plant thermal plant unit has been stranded for the last six months with no coal. Damodar Valley Corporation is suffering generation loss of 120 lakh units daily as the coal supply is yet to start for 500 MW unit commissioned last year.

Sources in the Punjab Power Supply Corporation (PSPCL) told Daily Post that Punjab has a share in DVC’s Durgapur steel plant thermal project. The DVC had been requesting Punjab to intimate power drawl schedule though the plant has not yet started commercial generation.

The DVC’s unit was delayed from their original schedule and commissioned six months back but Coal India has not yet commenced coal supply. This is the fate of central sector projects under DVC. The Power Ministry has not been able to arrange coal for its own projects.

The 1000 MW thermal plant was started in August, 2007, with estimated cost of Rs 4457 crore and the project was awarded to the BHEL on turnkey basis. As per CEA broadsheet data, the first 500 MW unit was synchronised on July 12 last year and achieved full load on July 29.The unit is capable of generating 120 lakh units daily.

The synchronisation and commissioning of second 500 MW units is expected in the current financial year. The original commissioning schedules of units were July 2010 and January 2011. As per CEA daily reports the coal supply to even unit I has not been started though the unit achieved full load six months back.