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Ib thermal power station in Odisha paralysed

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jharsuguda, Sep 7:

Power generation at the Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC)’s Ib thermal power station at Banaharpali has come to a grinding halt after its second unit was shut down on Saturday after OPGC authorities detected leakage of hydrogen from its generator unit.
Ib Thermal Generation from the power station’s first unit had stopped since August 28 after its generator transformer got burnt in a lightning strike on the same day.

OPGC PRO Himanshu Behera said it will take around eight days to get the second unit repaired and resume power generation.

However, the OPGC authorities were non-committal on the number days it would take to get the first unit repaired as it has been badly damaged in the lightning strike and would require the services of engineers from outside the state to get the repair work done and resume generation.

Sources in the OPGC said requisition has been sent to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd to send expert engineers to get the repair work done.

The Ib thermal power station has two units that generate 210 MW of power each.