Plant load factor being maintained at 58 per cent

Power generation at the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) has been restored with a minimal load on Thursday after rectifying the snags at its coal handling plant. The second and fourth units, which were shut down on Wednesday following technical faults in feeding coal to the thermal plant, have been put back into operation on Thursday.

With this, all the seven units, each of 210 MW, are in operation with a restricted peak load at 967 MW as against the installed capacity of 1,470 MW maintaining a plant load factor (PLF) at 58 per cent. With a gross generation of about 20.33 mu, the thermal plant has now been supplying a net of 18 mu of power to the State grid.

Power generation at the thermal plant was affected since Monday following snags in its coal handling plant. Faults were found in the supply of coal towards the thermal plant owing to snapping of the conveyor belt following a fire accident. The delivery of coal was suspended for two days from Monday when a wagon derailed near the coal handling plant. Later, the supply of coal was slowed down when some boulders in the coal were struck at the feeding section.

B.R. Nagaraju, Executive Director (Thermal), RTPS, told The Hindu on Thursday that the frequent shutdown of some units at the thermal plant was not because of shortage of coal but owing to some technical faults and incidents at its coal handling plant.

Coal supply

Mr. Nagaraju said there was no short supply of coal to the plant.

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