Chandigarh [India], September 14 (ANI/Mediawire): Nabha Power Limited (NPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, India's leading EPC Projects, Manufacturing, Defence and Services conglomerate, has been at the forefront of providing cost-effective power to the people of Punjab via its state-of-the-art1400 MW supercritical thermal power plant (TPP).
Comprising two units of 700 MW each at Rajpura, the plant was set up by L&T. In July 2020, it has completed six years of operations withhigh-efficiency, high-reliability, and social and environmental benefits.
Under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), all the power NPL generates is supplied to Punjab, accounting for over a quarter of the State's power requirements. It is the cost-effective, most efficient and reliable source of power among all the TPPs in the State.
Apart from providing electricity, the NPL is a source of direct and indirect employment to 3,000 people and contributes significantly to the revenue generation for the State of Punjab.
The Rajpura TPP of NPL has been delivering consistent top-notchperformance and is a socially and environmentally conscientious organisation too.
Over the last six years, it has supplied close to 47,500 MU of power to PSPCL and 8,314 MU in FY20 - the highest of all TPPs in the State. Whilethe thermal power plants in Indiaoperate at an averagePLF (Plant Load Factor) of 55 per cent, Nabha Power runs at a highPLF of 73 per cent and during peak paddy season it operates at a PLF of close to 100 per cent.
High equipment reliability and best maintenance practices enable the plant to generally achieve 100 per cent availability and with shutdown requirements for repair and maintenance activities, averages over 85 per cent availability, year after year. This speaks volumes of the state-of-the-art Japanese supercritical technology and efficient plant operations.
NPL achieved its best-ever heat rate of 2281 kcal/KWh in FY20 and lowest auxiliary consumption of 5.06 per cent in FY 20, best figures among the TPP's in the State of Punjab. The CERC benchmarks for similar capacity plants are 2350 Kcal/Kwh and 5.75 per cent for Aux consumption.
A slew of awardsaffirms NPL's consistentlyhigh productivity:
- National Energy Leader Award, CII, 2019, 2020
- Excellent Energy Efficiency Unit Award, CII, 2017,2018,2019,2020
- Best IPP Award for 3 consecutive years by IPPAI
- Finalist in Global Platts Energy Excellence Award, S&P, USA, 2019
- High Efficiency and Sustainability Leadership, Peabody, USA, 2019
- Best Coal Based Operational Plant, Power Magazine USA, 2018
- National Energy Conservation Award, BEE, MoP - GoI, 2017
A Social Conscience
When the lockdown was imposed in Punjab in March, it was a critical period for Rajpura TPP, as Unit-1 Capital Overhaul was underway. Butit was operational 24x7 during COVID-19 lockdown and generated 49 Million Units before Unit-2 was asked to go under reserve shutdown.With over 1800 personnel coming to the plant, NPL acted proactively to arrange for smooth movement of labour and ensured complete safety of staff and workers.
NPL'sCSR wingdistributed over40,000 masks to employees, contract workers, local administration and police personnel.Grocery & food itemswere distributed to more than 4000 BPL families in 49 villages in the vicinity of the plant. Twice a week,the labour colonies were completely sanitized by the company.
As a responsible corporate, NPL has undertaken many initiatives for the benefit of the environment. Over20,000 trees have been planted and are nurtured on the 9 km road connecting the plant with NH7 and in nearby villages. Last year,NPLplanted 50,000 plants within its premises inrecord time.
Forward to the Future
NPL has provision for capacity addition of third unit of 700 MW, thereby equipping Punjab to be able to draw more power from the expanded TPP in the future. NPL's Rajpura TPP willcontinue to play a critical role in the supply of electricity to Punjab, and help the State reach closer to achieving its economic and social objectives.
This story is provided by Mediawire. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/Mediawire)