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Phailin leaves NTPC plants unscathed

As dreaded cyclone Phailin came and passed away without inflicting severe damage to men and strategic costal installations, the state-run power generating behemoth NTPC said its installations were safe.

Published: 15th October 2013 01:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2013 01:08 AM   |  A+A-

As dreaded cyclone Phailin came and passed away without inflicting severe damage to men and strategic costal installations, the state-run power generating behemoth NTPC said its installations were safe.

The power behemoth has two power plants in Odisha Talcher Kaniha (300MW) and Talcher (460 MW) and the mammoth 2600MW power plant on the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

Power generation was not at these two plants in the two states that were supposed to bear the brunt of cyclone Phailin.

“As a precautionary measure we were running our plants at the minimal capacity apprehending cyclone fury, there has been minimal damage to our installations in both the state,” an NTPC official said.

As far as power transmission from Power Grid’s network is concerned, the company said it is not facing any difficulty.

However, four transmission grids run by the Odisha state government were affected.

“Our transmission networks have not been affected, however, four towers of the state transmission grid have been impacted and are currently being restored,” a Power Grid Corporation official said.

He added that, “We have send a team of 35 people to carry out the restoration work for the state grid company and the team is on the job.”

On Sunday, the Power Ministry had said that there were some disturbances in electricity transmission due to the cyclone but were attended.

“Required load and generation were managed in a balanced manner so as to secure stable transmission frequency,” the statement said.

In Andhra Pradesh, the load was reduced to about 9,000MW) against normal demand of 10,000 MW and in Odisha it was 600MW against the normal demand of 2,800MW.

POSOCO (Power System Operation Corporation Limited) operated National Load Dispatch Centre was operating 24 hours and is in touch with the regional dispatch centres of the firm and the state load dispatch centre (SLDC).

A team led by additional secretary in the Power Ministry is coordinating with the  two states to take the required steps for power plants and monitoring required generation.

(With Agency inputs.)



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