CPCB asks PSPCL to install FGDs at 2 thermal PP

10 September 2019

A recent order by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) directing the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to install a flue gas desulphurization (FGD) worth Rs 122 crore at the Ropar and Lehra Mohabatt thermal power plants has put the Power Corporation in a tight spot as the unit have either outlived or are nearing their maximum live span. The corporation is considering replacing the Ropar thermal units with three 800 MW supercritical thermal unit.

Supercritical thermal unit

If implemented the FGD will cost the PSPCL Rs 0.73 crore per MW for the plants that remain shut for eight months a year due to reduced plant load factor which presently is at 40% which increases the per-unit cost of power. Therefore, the PSPCL keeps these shut down while buying cheaper power from sources outside the state.

The PSPCL authorities have already shut down the first two units of the Ropar thermal plant and the unit no 3 and 4 were commissioned in September 1988 and January 1989 and have completed 30 years of life. The unit no 5 and 6 were commissioned in September 1992 and December 1993 and have completed 27 years of life. The Lehra Mohabatt thermal unit 1 and 2 of 210 MW capacity each were commissioned in December 1997 and October 1998 and lived a life of more than 20 years.

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