Published On:August 8 2020
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Power production at NTPC’s Kahalgaon unit dips by 1,420 MW.

Power production at the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Station (KhSTPS) has plunged by 1420 MW due to temporary shut down of four production units following breach in embankments of fly ash dyke and collapse of deep intake wells on Thursday afternoon.

The KhSTPS has initiated the restoration work of the breached embankments and deep intake wells to resume power production on war footing. A technical committee has also been set up on Friday to probe the reasons of the mishap besides overseeing the restoration work.

Executive director Chandan Chakraborty told this newspaper that a team of NTPC experts from New Delhi will reach Kahalgaon by Friday evening and look into the issue. “We are working on war-footing to restore the breached portion,” he said.

KhSTPS has seven power production units with four units having a capacity of of 210 MW each and three units each of 500MW, which generates 2,340MW of electricity. NTPC officials said Bihar is one of the major beneficiaries of power generation by the KhSTPS. Another KhSTPS official wishing anonymity said that there was a small breach in the embankment of intake well number-2 at ash dyke lagoon- II. “Out of total seven production units, two units of 500 MW each and two units of 210 each have been shut temporarily as a precautionary measure,” he said.He added: “There is no spillage of ash water outside the lagoon overflow area and there is no loss of life or damage to property. Even the agricultural areas in the near vicinity are safe.”

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