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Order delay for power plant

Work to start the second 110MW unit at Muzaffarpur thermal power station has been delayed because of a last-moment requirement for a rotor at the plant.

The second 110MW unit of the Muzaffarpur plant was supposed to start generation by March-April this year. Now, the unit’s renovation and modernisation work has been held up for technical reasons.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies in the country for power plant equipment, has been entrusted with the job of carrying out the renovation and modernisation work at both units of the power plant.

The power plant is a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd.

Bihar is already drawing 110MW from the plant’s first unit that started generation last year. Starting the second unit would be significant for the state, as it would get another 110MW.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has dedicated the first 110MW unit to the state on November 17 last year. At the unit’s inauguration, he had said the second unit would start generation from March 2014.

Sources said the renovation and modernisation work — to equip the plant with modern equipment — has been delayed by a few months because of a last-minute order for a rotor of a generator at the plant.

A senior power official said: “According to a schedule given by Bhel, the second unit of Muzaffarpur would be commissioned — start generation — by July this year. The work has been delayed a bit because of technical reasons.”

The official was, however, quick to add that going by the pace of the renovation and modernisation work at the plant, it could be August-September before the unit can start.

The sources added that Bhel has been asked to expedite the renovation and modernisation work so that the unit can be started as early as possible.

The first unit of the Muzaffarpur plant was commissioned on March 31, 1985, while the second unit was commissioned on March 17, 1986. Both units were, however, closed since October 2003 before the first 110MW unit was restarted last year.

Start of generation from the second 110MW unit would help Bihar reduce its dependency on the central sector power allocation. The state has been drawing 2,200-2,300MW, including 1,500-1,600MW from the central allocation, against its peak demand of 3,000MW in summer.


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