Clean-up work on at unit 8 of RTPS

The authorities at the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) have begun clearing more than 200 tonnes of fly ash and concrete debris, following the collapse of two of the four channels of the electrostatic precipitator (ESP) in unit eight, where power generation has stopped.

The ash is being transported in eight tractors to a cement factory and other industries. Once this is done, a team of experts will inspect the damage to the various components in a couple of days.

Karnataka Power Corporation (KPC) technical director Narayanaprasad said generation of 130 megawatts (MW) of power (more than 50 per cent) will have to be restored in 15 days, in unit eight having a capacity of 250 MW.

Electricity can be produced using the other two channels of the ESP that are functioning, said experts of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. It will take four months for the faulty channels to be repaired.

The dip in generation in unit eight will put pressure on the KPC, which is struggling to meet the increasing demand for power in the State, especially with summer fast approaching.

But restoring 50 per cent of the generation is expected to ease the burden.

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