Nalgonda: Timely response by employees averted what could have been a major fire mishap at the Nagarjuna Sagar Hydel Power Plant early on Monday.
A supply wire of a transformer in the fourth turbine caught fire at 5 am, but alert staff swung into action and brought the fire under control, averting a major accident. After the incident, TSGENCO Director (Hydel) Ch Venkata Rajam inspected the plant and enquired about the incident.
Later, speaking to the media, Rajam said a tarpaulin and supply wire of a transformer caught fire when engineers of a private firm were repairing the roof-former at the fourth turbine. Tarpaulin was used to confine the heat produced while taking up heating work for moisture absorption. Unfortunately, the tarpaulin and the supply wire caught fire, which fortunately did not spread to the transformer, he said.
Asserting that there was no damage to the machinery since the employees had responded swiftly to control the fire, Rajam said the contracting company would take up repair works in their shed but were asked to complete it at the plant to avoid transportation costs.
He said the eighth turbine would be made operational by February after completing the repairs, admitting that the works were delayed as there was a problem in finding experts who can work in deep waters.
Describing the NSP incident as minor, he said it should not be compared with that of the hydel plant in Srisailam last year. “The Srisailam fire accident affected power generation. But here, we are trying to overcome it by generating additional power by utilising the water released from the Nagarjuna Sagar Project,” he said, adding that demand for power would be high during the Yasangi season.
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