One unit of Mettur plant resumes generation

SALEM (TN): Bringing much needed relief to power-deficit Tamil Nadu, one of the four units of the Mettur Thermal Power Station resumed generation in the wee hours today, seventeen days after t

Published: 28th May 2012 10:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:34 PM   |  A+A-

SALEM (TN): Bringing much needed relief to power-deficit Tamil Nadu, one of the four units of the Mettur Thermal Power Station resumed generation in the wee hours today, seventeen days after the 840 MW station was shutdown following a fire accident.

The 210 MW third unit started generating power since 2.17 AM and the other three units of 210 MW each would start functioning in a phased manner, MTP Chief Engineer M Madhu told PTI.

The entire capacity of 840 MW would be realised before May 31, he added.

Dealing a blow to the state already reeling under acute power shortage resulting in load shedding, the four units were shut down on May 10 after a fire damaged the coal conveyor system and killed an employee and injured two others.

Nearly 400 engineers and other workers of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board had toiled hard to restore power generation and are on course to complete the work ahead of expected one month.

The station had coal stock of more than two lakh tonnes, the Chief Engineer said.

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