SALEM: The Unit IV of the Mettur Thermal Power Station (MTPS)-1, which was shut down on Friday following a snag in the transformer, will be out of action for nearly 20 days.
Officials said that it might take some time to procure the spares required to repair the equipment and it has been decided to adjust the production loss by going for annual maintenance for 20 days.
Inquires revealed that the transformer supplied by a private manufacturer with whom the MTPS has a warranty dispute had caused the snag in the unit.
The incident has come as a big blow to the pride of the MTPS-1, which boasts of having achieved 84.04 per cent continuous production in the current year 2014-15 till date and is ranked first among all the TANGEDCO’s thermal power Units.
This feat is a landmark achievement for the MPTS as its units 1, 2 and 3, each 210 MW capacity, have already completed 25 years of service.
All the four 210 MW units of the power station have surpassed the previous record of being in continuous operation for 73 days on May 29, 2014, incidentally a day before the fourth unit was shut down.