Chennai: Power generation in the 600 mega watt unit I of North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS) stage II was hit after a fire broke out following oil leakage in a turbine tube on Friday.
A senior official of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation said the fire broke out at 2 pm after oil leakage in a turbine tube. The tube leakage has led to tripping of the unit. Though the flames were put out in about 30 minutes, the extent of damage to the plant is yet to be assessed, the official said.
As the fire happened in the turbine area, it is very difficult to go near the site as the temperature is over 200 to 300 degrees, the official said, adding that the assessment of the damage will be done only when the turbine area cools down. “We are hopeful that the damage may not be major and the unit will be back to generation shortly,” the official said.
The two 600 MW units of NCTPS stage II plant has generated about 1,060 MW during the lighting peak and on Thursday supplied nearly 24 million units to the grid. The state has been free of loadshedding as the power demand is less during the northeast monsoon period....
Location: Tamil Nadu