Power Generation Market Growth To 2020: RTPS in India achieves peak power generation

Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), a major power generating station in India with a total installed capacity of 1720 MW has achieved an all-time power generation record by generating 41.329 million units of electric power in 24 hours.

The power station contributes around 30 per cent of the total power consumed in the state of Karnataka.

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As compared to the maximum generation of 41.28 million unit a day at 100 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF), Friday’s generation was all-time record at 100.119 percent PLF. It broke its own record of generating 40.094 million units at 97.13 percent PLF on December 29, 2014. On that day, both RTPS and BTPS (Bellary Thermal Power Station) had achieved all-time record in the thermal power generation in the State by together generating 57.06 million units of electric power.

RTPS expressed its delight and stated that all the units functioned perfectly without reporting a single problem on Friday, as result of which RTPS could achieve an all-time record.

As per well-placed sources in the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), the Central Electrical Authority (CEA) and the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) have set an average annual target of 68 percent and 72 percent PLF respectively, for 2014-15.

KPCL has, however, set its own target at 75 percent PLF. KPCL has set a target for RTPS to generate 10,400 million units of power for the current fiscal year. RTPS has, as on January 16, already generated 8,300 million units.

As per official sources, the power station is receiving 8-9 rakes of coal (each rake contains around 3,200 metric tonnes) everyday from Singareni Coal Mines, Andhra Pradesh, Mahanadi Coalfields in Talcher, Odisha and Western Coalfields in Nagpur, Maharashtra, apart from having a stock of 50,000 metric tonnes at its yard.

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Power Generation Market Trends To 2020: Seimens set to supply turbines to Peru for power generation

Siemens has received an order for three SGT6-5000F gas turbines from Peru. The turbines will be used in the project Nodo Energético del Sur – Planta N° 2 Región Moquegua consisting of three simple cycle power plants.

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The customer is the power utility EnerSur, the contractor being Técnicas Reunidas and JJC. The commercial operation date is scheduled for March 2017.

The three new plants will be installed in Ilo, which is a seaport in the Moquegua region, the southern part of Peru. The SGT6-5000F dual fuel gas turbines will be operated with fuel oil for the first five years; afterwards they will be operated on natural gas.

The three simple cycle plants will together have a capacity of 600 MW when fired with fuel oil. With a total of more than 9,000,000 hours of fleet operation this gas turbine achieves peak values for reliability and continuous operation with highest performance values in its class.

While expressing joy over the contract, Siemens said in a statement that the SGT6-5000F gas turbine offers economical power generation for peak, intermediate, or base-load duty. It is an environmentally friendly gas turbine technology with low water injection requirements, and equipped with Shaping Power, a feature that enables higher power output on higher temperature days.

The turbines SGT6-5000F will be manufactured in the Siemens factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the main production facility for Siemens 60 Hz power generation.

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Power Generation Market Share To 2020: US nuclear plants in record high power generation

According to latest reports by the Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. nuclear energy plants generated electricity at a record high level of efficiency in 2014. Despite anti – nuclear slogans that cropped up after the Fukshima nuclear disaster in Japan, the figures demonstrate the value of nuclear energy in terms of reliability and stability of the electric grid and to the nation’s economy.

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One hundred nuclear power plants that operate across 31 states in the US have posted an estimated average capacity factor of 91.9 percent, based on preliminary 2014 data compiled by the Nuclear Energy Institute. That surpasses the industry’s prior record set in 2007 by one-tenth of a percentage point. Capacity factor measures total electricity generated as a percentage of year-round potential generation.

Actual electricity production from nuclear energy facilities last year was the sixth-highest ever, at an estimated 798.4 billion KWH. The industry’s record high electricity generation came in 2010, when the 104 reactors then operating produced 806.9 billion KWH of electricity while posting an industry average capacity factor of 90.9 percent.

The 2014 numbers point toward the importance of well-performing nuclear energy to America’s energy security, the overall economy and the quality of life.

During periods of extreme weather, nuclear energy facilities’ value is even greater. For example, at the height of the arctic blast that chilled the eastern United States on Jan. 8, nuclear power plants met significant portions of the electric demand load in their respective markets at levels well above their installed generating capacity. In the densely populated PJM market encompassing the mid-Atlantic region and large portions of the Midwest, PJM’s nuclear power plants provided about 27 percent of the region’s early afternoon electricity demand, even though they constitute only about 19 percent of the region’s installed electric generating capacity.

U.S. nuclear energy facilities for the past two decades have annually produced about one-fifth of U.S. electricity supplies, even as total electricity demand has increased significantly. Because of their sector-leading capacity factors they have done so even though nuclear power plants constitute only about 10 percent of the nation’s installed electric generating capacity.

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Power Generation Market Size To 2020: Fire breaks out at one of Asia’s only underground power station in India

Reports have cropped up which suggest that a major fire has broken out at the 120 MW Bhaba hydel project. This power plant is also one of Asia’s few underground power stations in the high altitude mountain ranges. The fire is reporttedly causing an extensive loss to the German-made transformers installed in 1989 in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The project is a state funded venture.

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Reports say that the fire broke at 3.30 am on 23rd Jan morning after a blast. The fire engulfed the entire yard forcing a shutdown of the power generation at the project. Exact cause of the fire is still unknown. However no human loss has been reported due to the fire, officials said even as there are reports about three persons injured.

Chairman-cum-MD of HPSEB Ltd P C Negi told the Indian Express that efforts were underway to control the fire. Assistance has also been sought from the district administration and Jai Prakash Power company, beside mobilising fire extinguishers from different agencies.

Help was also taken from Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam–which owns 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydel project on Sutlej river.

Officials claimed that the loss could be over Rs 2 crores but power generation loss at the project could make the things more complicated for the HPSEB Ltd.

Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur D D Sharma said the information about the fire was received at 4 am and immediately teams alongwith equipments were sent. Even Jai Prakash power company was told to extend immediate help.

Teams from Shimla with special fire control equipments were also rushed as the transformers fire could result in substantial damage to the project machinery.

Some years back,the project had also suffered loss to its machinery due to Sutlej water gushing into its under ground power house and resulting in huge loss,beside a forced shut down of the power generation.

The 120MW Bhaba project of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board was commissioned in 1989-90. It’s first hydro power project in the country to House a fully underground generation plant.

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Power Generation Market To 2020: Chennai nuclear plant in India resumes power generation

Power generation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), which was built with Russian assistance, has restarted after the first unit’s reactor and turbine tripped January 14, said the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.

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Reportedly, the power generation at the first unit of 1,000 MW KNPP successfully commenced last week.

The atomic power unit touched a peak generation of 658 MW since it was restarted Sunday and the average generation for the day was 168 MW.

India’s atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, 650 km from Chennai.

The first unit attained criticality, which is the beginning of the fission process, July 2013.

Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

However, commercial power generation began only December 31, 2014. Since then the unit was generating an average of 940 MW till it tripped Jan 14.

However, an anti-nuclear power activist and who had filed a case against the setting up of the Rs.17,000 crore KNPP, the atomic power company suffers at least Rs.8 crore loss per day of plant outage.

Ever since the first unit at KNPP started commercial generation December 31, 2014 it has been producing around 940 MW per day or around 2.25 crore units per day.

It has also surfaced that the actual per unit commercial tariff for the first unit is still unclear with different officials giving out different figures, ranging from Rs.3.50 per unit to Rs.4 per unit. This has been driving up losses by about 70 percent.

Though, KNPP’s first unit has started commercial power generation, NPCIL curiously still classifies the unit as under construction in its website and not under the head ‘plants under operation’.

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