Power cut in parts of Vizag after NTPC-Simhadri power generation hit

The NTPC-Simhadri personnel said due to rain, wind, and lightning in the wee hours of Tuesday, Kalpakka and Gajuwaka substation 400 KV lines were tripped, resulting in the tripping of 400 KV line supplying power from NTPC-Simhadri to the sub-stations.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  3 May 2022 12:08 PM GMT
Power cut in parts of Vizag after NTPC-Simhadri power generation hit

Visakhapatnam: Power generation came to a halt at NTPC-Simhadri located at Parawada in Anakapalle district due to a breakdown in all of its units on Tuesday morning.

The NTPC-Simhadri personnel said due to rain, wind, and lightning in the wee hours of Tuesday, Kalpakka and Gajuwaka substation 400 KV lines were tripped, resulting in the tripping of 400 KV line supplying power from NTPC-Simhadri to the sub-stations.

NTPC Simhadri power station saw a blackout due to power evacuation constraints.

The four units at the NTPC plant were shut down at 3:30 a.m. This is probably the first time in recent times that all four units of the NTPC came to a halt.

NTPC officials and personnel are working to restore the plant on a war footing. The officials said they are supplying power through the national grid and Units I and IV of the NTPC-Simhadri plant are ready to generate power while the remaining two units (Units II and III) will generate power from Tuesday evening. They hoped that regular supply from Simhadri will be restored by Tuesday evening.

The Eastern Power Distribution Company (EPDCL) personnel swung into action to identify the problem. The discom officials said that the power supply to Visakhapatnam district was affected at 3:30 a.m on Tuesday due to a breakdown in Simhadri plant units. Power was restored to Simhachalam on priority basis where Chandanotsavam was being held within half an hour.

Power supply was affected in parts of the city due to problems at 400 KV sub-station at Kalapaka. The power supply was tripped likely due to heavy rain and lightning at the sub-station. Efforts are on to identify the reason and take remedial measures, the discom officials added.

It may be recalled that Andhra Pradesh draws 900 MW from NTPC-Simhadri and the entire supply was used for the Vizag region only. The discom officials said power supply was restored in Vizag city limits within half an hour and in rural areas supply was restored in phases by 8 a.m.

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