Yamuna Nagar unit likely to be revived with assistance from Chinese engineers
The 300 MW unit no. 1 of Yamuna Nagar thermal plant, which has been on forced outage since March 31 last year, is likely to become operational next week, with the assistance of Chinese engineers.
According to sources, a group of Chinese engineers have been hired by HPGCL to assist and guide the local engineers for proper operation and maintenance of thermal units at Yamuna Nagar and Khedar. Both the plants have been constructed by Reliance
with the Chinese machinery from the same company. The presence of Chinese engineers will help in resolving various problems which have cropped up in the recent past.
The thermal unit has been on forced outage allegedly due to failure of turbine blades. As the equipment could not be repaired locally in India
L.P. Turbine rotor & LP Turbine inner-inner casing were sent in June last year to China. The equipment was received back at the plant site after repairs in second week of December. The inspection of material was witnessed by HPGCL engineers in China.
According to sources, after installation of turbine, the problem of turbine vibrations persisted. It was decided to reinstall all the fittings under the direct supervision of Chinese experts to rule out any problem. HPGCL authorities now hope that the unit will become operational later this week.
The problem faced by HPGCL engineers was that major portion of technical literature supplied was in Chinese language and they were not familiar with Chinese technology. The engineers were not able to follow all the instructions. Earlier it was decided to depute two engineers from Yamuna Nagar and Khedar to learn the Chinese language at Delhi. Subsequently, state power Minister had said that they will be engaging few Chinese experts on contract basis to solve this problem.