GHG thermal plant working to full capacity: Ratra

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Patiala, Aug 19 (UNI) The Unit-1 and 2 (Stage-I) of Guru Hargobind Sahib Thermal Plant (GHGSTP) have contributed a lot to reduce the gap between demand and supply of power in Punjab since their commissioning.

These units have generated 30701.4 million units up to July.

Punjab State Electricity Borad (PSEB) Chairman Y S Ratra said here today that taking average cost of electricity as Rs 3 per unit, these units have generated power worth Rs 9210 crore, which is nearly eight times its own cost. In terms of the economy, these units have contributed much more.

The continued improvement made on these units year-after-year was applauded by Union Minister of State for Power Jai Ram Ramesh during his visit to GHGSTP on August 3. He had expressed satisfaction and appreciation over achievement of highest ever plant load factor of 95.10 per cent and overall efficiency of 37.13 per cent during 2007-08.

The Minister also appreciated PSEB working during his subsequent visits to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Accoring to Mr Ratra the Board management received numerous queries from other states to know the best practices being adopted by generating stations of PSEB.

Mr Ratra said that recently GHGSTP has set another standard by adopting best maintenance management practice by doing capital maintenance of unit No 2 in 28.47 days against approved shutdown of 43 days, thus producing 732 lakh extra units worth Rs 40 crore by bringing the unit 14.53 day ahead of schedule.


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