There has been a substantial increase in capacity addition in the successive five year plans of the country, yet there still exists a huge gap between demand and availability of power. With the growing demand for power, the construction of new power plants, transmission lines and sub-stations is always a difficult proposition due to various factors. Thus, the new installation being capital intensive, it is considered prudent to maximize the generation from the existing power stations to ensure optimal utilization of resources. To ensure better availability and improved power supply from old and ageing plants, thrust is being given to Renovation & Modernization and Life Extension of old power plants.
Amid fuel uncertainty and the rising challenge of emission control the power ministry proposes to promote renovation and modernization of thermal & hydro power plants of central and state power utilities. Therefore a total of 65 units for R&M work (45 in Central Sector and 20 in State Sector) and 70 units for LE works (32 in Central Sector & 38 in State Sector) aggregating to 135 units (29367 MW) have been identified and will be taken up during the 12th Five Year Plan.
Thus, R&M and upgradation of existing projects is one of the cost effective alternatives to setup new power plants and increase the power transmission capabilities and reduce losses of a transmission system. It is considered an effective option to ensure efficiency, better availability and also to augment capacity addition. This would involve replacement of the existing obsolete items of equipment in operation with those with more efficient and of latest designs incorporating the state-of-the-art technologies and improved metallurgy.
But despite the thrust given to R&M & LE of the power plants, it is surrounded by various issues overriding its implementation such as regulatory framework and tariff issues, competitive bids, extended shut down period of the plant leading to loss in revenue and other technical issues.
Therefore, InfralineEnergy is organizing the 3rd Annual Conference on Renovation & Modernization of Power Plants to look at the benefit of R&M and LE of power plants to ensure better availability and improved power supply from old and ageing plants and improve their performance, lifespan and its efficiency. The conference will also take up Case Studies while discussing in details its issues and challenges, new equipment & current technology etc. The conference will also provide opportunities to the various stakeholders such as engineering & consultancy firms, equipment manufacturers, EPC Contractors, state utilities etc.