Staff Reporter

Find no major defect for two generators in initial inspection

Chief Electrical Inspector to submit report soon

Efforts under way to run generators V and VI

PATHANAMTHITTA: Chief Electrical Inspector K.K. Unni on Monday inspected the power house of the Sabarigiri hydro-electric project at Moozhiyar where a 50-MW generator exploded, killing three persons and injuring several others on Friday.

Mr. Unni conducted a statutory inspection of the accident site and assessed the damage caused to the electrical installation in the explosion. He said a report would be submitted to the government soon.

Meanwhile, experts from the Austrian company Va Tech Hydro, contractors for the renovation, modernisation and upgrading (RMU) of the Sabarigiri hydro-electric project, reached Moozhiyar from Delhi on Monday and began inspection of the site.

Officials of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) began downloading the technical data stored in the computer at the control room on Monday afternoon in the presence of the experts of Va Tech Hydro, in an effort to find the cause of the explosion.

KSEB Member (Generation) Johnson Jacob and Chief Engineer (Project, Engineering and Design) Vivekanandan are also camping at Moozhiyar to monitor the technical inspections.

KSEB experts from Panniyar, Neryamangalam, Moolamattom and Pathanamthitta have already conducted a preliminary inspection of generators V and VI and could find no major defects.

The renovation, modernisation and upgrading of generators V and VI were completed and running in full swing when the explosion occurred on Friday.

The Board is exploring the possibility of resuming power generation by running the two generators at the earliest possible date, after conducting a thorough inspection and trial run, according to official sources.

Experts say that generator IV which exploded should be replaced. The renovation, modernisation and upgrading of generators I and II will resume soon. The damage caused to generator III in the explosion at the adjacent generator will be assessed soon.

Though Electricity Minister A.K. Balan has reiterated that the State is exploring all possibilities to meet the additional power demand in the wake of the shutdown of the power houses at Moozhiyar and Kakkad, Central Travancore has been experiencing ‘unofficial power cuts’ during peak hours since Friday.

The State is faced with an effective power shortage of 275 MW, with the shutdown of the 300-MW Moozhiyar power house and the 50-MW Kakkad power house following Friday’s explosion.