Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) has, for second successive year, achieved highest annual PLF (Plant Load Factor) amongst all the State Sector thermal power units in the country.
Hemant Sharma, Secretary Energy and Chairman OPGC sources said that as per the Report published by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) , IB Thermal Power Station (ITPS) of OPGC has achieved highest PLF of 87.92 percent in FY2016-17.
This is also the fifth highest PLF achieved among all power plants in the country.
In FY 2015-16, ITPS topped the list of State Sector generating stations with PLF of 84. percent which was a result of OPGC’s consistent efforts to maintain efficient power production.
ITPS which currently has two thermal power units of 210 MW each in operation in the IB Valley area of Jharsuguda, which has surpassed many of its own previous records of operational excellence in FY 2016-17, said official sources.
This is done by achieving highest ever yearly Plant Availability Factor of 95.28 percent, lowest ever yearly station specific oil consumption of 0.284 ml/kwh and lowest number of start-ups (18 in number).
Notably, OPGC is expanding its capacity with a capital outlay of Rs 11,547 crore by setting up of two units of power plant of 660 MW capacity each at IB Thermal Power Station which are under construction, and are scheduled to be commissioned by end of the current fiscal.
Chairman OPGC , Mr.Sharma and Chief Secretary A P Padhi recently visited IB Valley to sort out issues that is posing problem for expansion and issues were sorted out then and there.