Essar Power Gujarat (EPGL) 2 x 600MW, Salaya I plant achieved a commendable milestone by completing successful continuous running of unit-2 for 180 days, since last synchronization on March 19, 2013. Unit-2 was first synchronized with the grid on April 3, 2012 and started commercial operation from June 15; commercial operations at unit-1 of Salaya I began in April 2012.
This achievement by the team, in the first year of its operation, is a rare feat in the field of thermal power plants. A feat made all the more commendable, considering that it was the first thermal power plant in Essar. Furthermore, team members were new to the Chinese design and technology used in the plant. Chinese technology is new in India; hence the team had little experience to access.
The team faced major constraints in terms of inadequate water and coal availability during this period. Team Salaya left no stone unturned to ensure continuous, reliable and efficient operation of the plant. After continuous and persistent efforts of team, all the hurdles were cleared and best industry practices were followed to stabilize the units at the earliest.
Several other operational milestones were also recorded by team Salaya, such as achieving 1215MW plant generation, least daily aux consumption of 5.2%, lowest daily DM (de-mineralized) water consumption of 0.84%, lowest monthly water consumption of 2.14lit/Kwh and lowest till date specific oil consumption of 0.29ml/Kwh, all in the first year of operation itself. This marks a new landmark in the unit’s journey towards achieving more milestones in the future.
Addressing the team on the occasion, Mr Ramesh Kumar, MD-EPGL Salaya, congratulated all associated with the milestone. “Individual brilliance coupled with collective wisdom spells success, and trust your capabilities,” he said.