As the equipment could not be repaired in India, HPGCL has transported L.P. Turbine rotor & LP Turbine inner-inner casing from Yamuna Nagar to China by sea route in June for repair. Now the equipment is in final stages of repair, two engineers from Yamuna Nagar thermal plant have been sent to China to witness the testing.
According to sources, it may take another three to four months before the unit is operationalized. After the repair of unit in China it will take another two months to reach the plant site. After receipt it may take 4 to 6 weeks to start the unit. In all likelihood unit will be operationalized early next year.
Meanwhile, Unit 2 suffered damage to turbine rotor on September 25 last year. Rotor was sent to Baroda works of Siemens for repair at a total cost of about 5 crore. Now the repaired rotor of unit 2 has been received at Yamuna Nagar after balancing works. The engineers hope to restart the unit within next few days.
The main problem faced by HPGCL engineers was that major portion of technical literature was written in Chinese. The engineers were not able to follow all the instructions. About two months back it was decided by management to depute some engineers from Yamuna Nagar to learn the Chinese language in Delhi.
Recently state power minister has said that they will be engaging few Chinese experts on contract basis to solve this problem.