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Power focus on Barauni

- Modernisation missive for two units by August 2014

Patna, Dec. 3: Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd has shifted its focus on timely generation from two 110MW units at Barauni Thermal Power Station (BTPS) under renovation after getting a unit Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) operational.

“Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) has been asked to complete the renovation and modernisation work of the first unit by March 2014 and that of the second unit by August 2014. We hope Bhel would keep its words and start generation on time,” Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd managing director Anand Kishor told The Telegraph.

The company has also written letters to the coal ministry, Bhel and NTPC, the consultant under whose supervision the work is being carried out, for the delay in the execution of the project, Kishor said. “We have asked them to intensify the work in order to complete the renovation and the modernisation work on time,” he said.

The plant has got several extensions since April 2008 when Bhel, one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies, was given the job of renovation and modernisation for two each units of 110MW at Barauni and Muzaffarpur.

Of them, one unit was commissioned on December 1, 1984. It stopped generation by March 2012. The other one was made operational on March 30, 1985. It stopped generation in August 2006.

The renovation and modernisation work for the two units of 110MW of BTPS, which was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2011 and March 2012, was again extended to be completed in July 2012 and February 2013.

Power company officials are quite confident of getting all the four units of 110 MW — two each at Muzaffarpur and Barauni — operational by the end of August next year.

On November 17, chief minister Nitish Kumar dedicated the first unit of 110MW of MTPS, wiping out the stigma of a nil thermal power generating state.

Encouraged with the Bhel starting a unit at Muzaffarpur, power company managing director said: “There is no looking back from here as the power company and department have been keeping a constant monitoring and review of the progress work of R&M at headquarters level.”

Nitish has vowed to improve the power availability situation in the state failing which he would not seek votes from the people in the next assembly elections that is due in October-November 2015. And gradually even the power situation has increased drastically to 2,300MW this October in comparison to 1,200 to 1,300MW in the same month of last year.

Muzaffarpur’s recently inaugurated 110MW unit has been generating at its full load, Kumar claimed. This has been possible due to the use of new technology by Bhel under the supervision of NTPC, official sources said adding that going by the Muzaffarpur experience, the state would be able to generate 440MW of power from its four 110 MW of plants after the completion of R&M.

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