Enhancing Capacity Utilization of Coal Fired Thermal Power Plant through Better Operation and Maintenance Practices

Rajashekar P. Mandi and Pandurang S. Jalkote

School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, REVA University, Bangalore, India

Manager, Dahanu Thermal Power Station, Reliance Industries Ltd, Dahanu, Maharastra, India

Accepted 23 October, 2017

Citation: Mandi RP and Jalkote PS (2017). Enhancing Capacity Utilization of Coal Fired Thermal Power Plant through Better Operation and Maintenance Practices. International Research Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 3(2): 067-073.

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Abstract

This paper describes the capacity enhancement of coal fired power plants through operational optimization, control techniques and better maintenance practices. The philosophy of “Prevention is Better than Cure” is dealt in detail to improve the Plant load factor (PLF) of plant. The energy conservation measures are also implemented in improving the plant performance and are enumerated in this paper. By adopting better maintenance practices for thermal power plants, enhance the capacity utilization of plants, thereby the present average PLF of 73.3 % of 210 and 250 MW units can be enhanced to about 95 % that will release an additional energy of about 1.2 lakh MU/year.

Keywords: Preventive maintenance; Capacity enhancement; Operation and maintenance; Plant load factor