Nabha Power becomes face saver for PSPCL during power crises
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Nabha Power, which owns and operates 2×700 MW supercritical thermal power plant at Rajpura, clocked 100% availability in the first quarter of the financial year 2022. The plant has been in continuous operation for 105 days.
The plant has been the backbone of in-state power generation and has recorded a plant load factor (PLF) of 89.71% against the national average of 58.64% during the first quarter. Among the base load thermal plants in the country, NPL had one of the highest PLFs during the last quarter.
Chairman of Nabha Power, D. K. Sen said, “Paddy season is the most crucial period for Punjab from a power supply perspective. Our capacity being entirely tied to Punjab, bring extra responsibly to us. Before the onset of the Paddy season, we make necessary preparations to ensure that our Rajpura plant provides reliable power to Punjab. Our two units have been in continuous operation for 153 days and 105 days at a stretch respectively.”
He further said, “Since we provide the most cost-efficient power in Punjab, our plant is scheduled first amongst all other thermal plants of the state and we are very happy to help PSPCL in meeting the power requirement of Punjab.”
Sen said, “This time of the year is the most difficult period for power engineers to operate thermal plants. The ambient temperature remains relatively high and coal supply gets severely affected because of heavy rains in eastern India. Despite all the uncertainties and challenges, our engineers are working day and night to ensure reliable power to the state of Punjab.”