Badarpur thermal plant,Delhi’s biggest power generator, to shut down from October 15


Badarpur thermal plant,Delhi’s biggest power generator, to shut down from October 15

It is the last 10 days of operation for the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS), the national capital’s biggest power generator for over 45 years and the contributor of 11% of the deadly ultrafine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the city’s air.

The coal-fired power plant, having an installed capacity of 705 MW, will be permanently shut from October 15 as the much-delayed sub-station in Tughlakabad, which was meant to take the load off the BTPS, will be ready for commissioning by the end of this month.

State-run power utility, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), on Thursday told Hindustan Times that the 400/200kV sub-station at Tughlakabad will be charged for the first time between October 15 and 20. “Stringing of the towers is over and the project is in its last leg.

The sub-station will undergo its first ever test charge in the later half of this month after which it will be declared as ready for commissioning,” said a PGCIL spokesperson, adding that Union power ministry will decide when the station be formally launched.

The Tughlakabad sub-station, which was supposed to be ready last year, had been delaying the closure of the BTPS as there were no alternate lines to feed power to South Delhi areas such as Okhla, Kalkaji and South Extension, specially during peak summer. Read More

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