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Patratu unit back to life, to add 100MW

Ranchi, May 15: A unit of the Patratu Thermal Power Station — capable of generating around 100MW but lying idle for nearly a decade — is soon likely to be synchronised with the state grid.

With the mercury shooting up to 40 and above in the state and a majority of the areas going without power in the part 24 hours, the restoration of the unit that was gutted in a fire in 2003 is most welcome.

Repair work for the unit, with another that was also gutted in the same mishap, was handed over to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd last year.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Jharkhand State Electricity Board chairman S.N. Verma said, “Trial runs are being performed on unit No. 10. The unit will begin commercial generation and connected with the state grid any day now.”

He pointed out that the second unit (No. 9) was being “readied” and it would contribute 200MW. The power board is targeting to start commercial generation from the second unit within a month.

Once the two additional units start functioning, the state’s total generation capacity will go up from the average 480MW at present to an all-time high of 680MW. The demand during peak hours remains over 850MW.

Verma said frequent breakdowns at the Tenughat thermal station had been disrupting power supplies. However once the two units at Patratu in Ramgarh start generation, the situation would be firmly under control, he added.