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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Source: Grand View Research