The all India power engineers Federation (AIPEF) has aged the Punjab government to reconsider its decision to shutdown state owned thermal units in the state.
The Federation which today came out with a white paper on the thermal power plants in the state stated that the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in its latest quarterly report has listed the Ropar thermal units 1 & 2 for life extension works to be completed in the current five year plan whereas Punjab Government has ordered the shutdown of these units contravening the CEA norms.
This issue has been highlighted by All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) in its white paper “Decision of Punjab Government to shut down Bhatinda units 1 to 4 and Ropar thermal units 1 & 2 – contravening of CEA norms ” that was released on Sunday.
The AIPEF said the latest quarterly review report issued by CEA gives the status of state sector thermal units undergoing life extension works for implementation in the 13th five year plan ending 2022. As per report there are 34 units in the country with a capacity of 7570 MW which are undergoing life extension works and two units of Ropar thermal plant have been listed at serial no. 4 and 5. These units of 210 MW each were commissioned in 1984 and 1985 respectively and by completing the ongoing life extension works there life can be increased by 10 to 15 years.
The engineers said that the CEA report on the status of these units states that a number of equipments of these units have been replaced. The white Paper alleges that the expenditure already incurred on unit no. 1 of Ropar thermal plant amounting to Rs 131 crore would become infructuous. In particular the air pre-heater which was procured from BHEL at a cost of Rs 24.5 crore and was received in the Ropar thermal plant stores, still remains in the store were it is to be used in the annual maintenance of units.