RTPS generation down by 400 MW

However, the situation eased as three units were synchronised late on Monday evening restoring generation of 600 MW of power.

The incident, a transmission fault, said to be first of its kind occurred at around 5.49 am, and is attributed to mist and fog. The thermal station, whose first unit was commissioned in 1985 had to be shutdown after a breaker opened up due to a fault in the insulators connecting the transmission line.

“The system tripped suddenly and the line which developed the fault has been isolated, but the cause of the problem is being analysed,” said a top official in Karnataka Power
Corporation Limited.

Of the seven units generating 1420 MW, two units generating 210 MW each have been taken up for annual maintenance, and the rest of five units had to be shutdown due to the technical snag, bringing the generation to zero, he said. RTPS meets about 40 percent of the demand for power in the State.

Sources said that the remaining two units will begin functioning by Tuesday, while those taken up for maintainence will take some time till the completion of maintenance works.

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