Anpara D plant tripped hours after inauguration

LUCKNOW: The 500-MW Anpara D unit went off the grid within hours of its inauguration by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on March 31. The snag was kept a closely guarded secret until the Northern Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) revealed it on Friday, leaving the top brass of the energy department red-faced. According to the centre, the unit tripped around 5.30pm on March 31. The reason for tripping has been cited as high turbine vibration. Officials at the UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (UPRVUNL) said that the unit was being monitored closely. “There are bound to be initial hiccups when a new unit starts. The snag would be rectified and connection to the grid will be made soon,” said a UPRVUNL director, Murlidhar Bhagchandani, adding that the unit is likely to be up and running on April 9. Utpadan Nigam MD Sanjay Prasad too assured that the problem would be resolved soon. Sources said that the officials were in touch with the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), the agency that constructed the plant for the state government. The unit has been constructed under the consultancy of NTPC. Interestingly, the NRLDC did not say anything as to when the unit would recover. The unit, which has already been delayed by almost a year, was projected to have come to the rescue of UP’s ailing power sector. It would not only have lessened the dependence on external sources of power but would have also brought relief to a financially constrained UPPCL. As if that were not enough, another 500MW unit of Anpara situated close by tripped too. The reason for tripping of this unit has been attributed to boiler tube leakage, something that’s all too familiar to power plants in UP. Further, a 250 Mw power unit at Harduaganj too has tripped, according to the NRLDC. The reason for tripping has not been cited by the centre.

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