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Bhel modernises 110-mw unit at Muzaffarpur power station

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) has achieved yet another landmark in its after-market-service (AMS) business by successfully renovating and modernising the 110-mw Unit-2 at the Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (TPS) plant of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd (KBUNL), a joint venture of NTPC Ltd and BSPGCL in Bihar. Following the successful R&M, the unit has been running on full capacity, ensuring addition of 110 mw to the state of Bihar. The unit was originally supplied and commissioned by Bhel in March, 1986. With this, the working life of the machine has been extended by another 15-20 years.

This follows the successful completion of R&M work of Unit-1 at Muzaffarpur TPS, which was commissioned in September 2013 by Bhel and dedicated to the state by the Chief Minister of Bihar in November, 2013.  Of the more than 150 sets of 200/ 210-mw rating in operation in the country, about 70 have outlived their designed economic life of 25 years. Power utilities would find this an opportunity for capacity uprating and life extension, which would not only improve their performance level in terms of improving efficiency and reducing emissions but also extend their useful life span.

To bridge the demand-supply gap, especially in the context of limited financial resources available and difficulty in land acquisition and environment clearance, it has become imperative for the country to look for other options for cheaper faster power capacity enhancement. Optimum utilisation of existing capacity to maximize generation through R&M and life extension (LE) of existing power plants is considered the most cost effective option.
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