NTPC Family Members Extend all Possible Assistance for Unchahar

08th Nov, 2017

Airlifting of the injured for the best available medical treatment, donating blood to patients and helping the victims with the physical presence of employees, NTPC family is extending all possible support to those affected by the accident that took place in NTPC- Unchahar on November 1, 2017.

NTPC has extensively used 13 trips of air ambulances and 2 trips of Indian Air Force planes to take the injured to Delhi at the best of the treatment available in the country . For speedy road transportation of the victims, green corridors were created 24 times for evacuation of patients from the crowded areas of Lucknow city.

In this hour of crisis state Government and district administration and their staff fully supported NTPC in rehabilitating the accident victims in the shortest possible time, be it in transporting the patients, creating green corridors and also in airlifting the patients to Delhi.

Over 200 NTPC family members from Lucknow, Unchahar and Delhi have voluntarily made themselves available round the clock for deployment at hospitals, control rooms and looking after patients & families of those affected. These control rooms are working round the clock. All hospitals are also provided with 24 hr help desks in order to exclusively cater to helping the patients.

Thirty six NTPC employees have donated blood as required at [Apollo 24, AIIMS 5 , RML 3 and SGPGI 4] various hospitals in Delhi and Lucknow.

NTPC is taking help of specialist doctors and para medical staff to help in speedy recovery of those in hospitals. NTPC doctors are also associating in the efforts for all-round coordination.

Family members of those under treatment have been accommodated in NTPC guest houses and vehicles for transport have been provided to them.

At NTPC Human Capital is precious in terms of both sensitivity and productivity and gets priority above and over anything in the organization.


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NTPC Unchahar Station is slowly recovering...

06th Nov, 2017

NTPC Unchahar Station is slowly recovering after an industrial accident which took place on 1st November 2017 in which 36 people succumbed to injuries. 26 patients have been airlifted to Delhi on the advice of Doctors for better treatment. At present, a total of 38 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Delhi and Lucknow.

An allout effort is being made so that the best treatment is made available to the injured victims. Out of 38 patients, 21 patients are in Delhi and 17 patients are undergoing treatment in Lucknow. A total of 6 patients were discharged from hospitals after treatment from Raebareli and Lucknow.

To take care of all the patients round the clock manned control rooms are functional at SCOPE, AIIMS, APOLLO, RML, Safdarjung Hospitals at Delhi and SIPS, SGPGI and Civil Hospitals at Lucknow and at Raebareli.

An officer has been attached to each patient admitted in Delhi to take care of all and any requirement. Additional helping hands/ officers have reached Unchahar/ Lucknow and Delhi for further assistance.

NTPC officials are working tirelessly to normalize the situation and provide relief to the victims and their families. In order to support the grieving families, around 22000 NTPC employees have decided to contribute one day salary which amounts to nearly Rs.6 Crore.

All NTPCians and their family members have expressed their heartfelt solidarity in this difficult time. All medical expenses of those who are injured in the ill-fated incident are being borne by NTPC.

District officials, State and Central Government have extended all support in the rescue and relief operations.

As announced by Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Power(I/c) during his visit to Unchahar an ex-gratia of Rs.20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs.10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured shall be given to provide financial stability and support. NTPC has disbursed an ex-gratia to affected victims/ family members. This is in addition to the relief announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and besides the statutory compensation.

An expert committee of top company executives would rigorously examine each and every possible cause of the incident which led to the failure of the Economizer Section in the Boiler resulting in the exhaust of flue gases. This is uncommon and rarest of failure. The expert committee is headed by senior most Executive Director, Sh. S.K. Roy along with two General Managers who will submit report within 30 days.

Multiple teams of NTPC and experts from equipment manufacturer BHEL are analyzing the cause of the incidence.

NTPC Unchahar has a total capacity of 1550 MW consisting of 5 units of 210 MW and one unit of 500 MW. Out of the 5 units of 210 MW, Unit # 1 is under Planned Overhauling and the other units are in operation. Efforts will be made to revive the 500 MW unit at the earliest.


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Power Minister Shri RK Singh announces Ex - gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured during his visit to accident site

02nd Nov, 2017

New Delhi - 2 nd November , 2017

An unfortunate accident struck NTPC- Unchahar in the boiler of Unit #6 (500 MW) yesterday. Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State ( IC) for Power & New and Renewable visited the NTPC Station , Unchahar, UP early morning today and monitored the situation. Shri Shrikant Sharma, UP Energy Minister was with him.

Twenty nine persons have succumbed to injuries and 85 are being treated at hospitals in Rai Bareilly and Lucknow.

The Power Minister also announced the Ex - gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured which is over and above the statutory compensation.

Power Minister met Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD and senior officials of NTPC at the site and visited the injured persons admitted at District hospital at Rai Bareilly and Lucknow today to know the well-being and recovery of the injured.

Unit#6 (500 MW) of the plant is under shutdown after the accident; however the other units of the station are operating normally. NTPC is a system based organization with following best O& M practices.

NTPC family expresses deep grief, support and condolence for the deceased workers who contributed towards providing 24X7 power to all.


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Accident at NTPC- Unchahar

01st Nov, 2017

An unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW unit of NTPC – Unchahar occurred this afternoon. Rescue operations are underway in close coordination with District Administration. Injured persons are being shifted to the nearby hospitals.

NTPC's senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts.


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A solar PV project is divided into various essential aspects of infrastructure such as: electrical engineering, civil engineering, module mounting structures, weather monitoring stations, and supervisory controls. In order for a solar power plant to achieve the desired generation values, it is vital that the design conceptualization translates into implementation on the ground. This means that every aspect of engineering and construction needs to be properly validated, documented, and easily accessible during the project cycle.


Th article provides a high-level overview on the importance of independent monitoring during the construction phases and its implementation techniques with the help of site quality assurance documentation. The presence of independent engineers during various project phases such as initiation, planning, and execution will help solar power plant developers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies achieve acceptable solar power plant quality standards.

Solar PV power plants are often considered to be simple construction projects, but the reality is that essential methodology and implementation techniques are often ignored because of delays starting the project or the need to meet the commercial operational date (COD) deadline in the power purchase agreement (PPA).

Basic health, safety and environment (HSE) site quality documentation such as the field quality plan (FQP), installation checklist, pre-commissioning checklist, and testing checklist are frequently treated as being unimportant. Even imperative guidelines that detail project construction activities such as the method of statements (MOS) or technical work procedures (TWP) are regularly ignored or neglected by the EPC. These plans and procedures can be implemented and adhered to as a project progresses with the help of independent engineers.

These actual images from project sites illustrate low quality civil engineering work that was executed in the absence of supervision or construction monitors.

Figure(A)                                                             

 

Figure (B)

Lack of supervision and underutilization of implementation quality checklists has resulted in structural post pile cap erosion after heavy rains in Figure (A). Improper grouting and insufficient finish to the foundation bolts of the structural pole can be observed in Figure (B).

 

Figure(C)                                                                

 

  Figure (D)

 

Figure (C) shows deformed structural bracing members for the installation of module mounting structures that is the result of implementation quality checklists not being used along with no independent oversight. Deformed bracing can be replaced, but in Figure (D) the support post has been installed at an incline, which will result in instability to modules. These low quality mistakes are repairable, but at a high cost and the rework will consume precious time towards meeting project completion deadlines. Such issues have been observed to be accepted by developers as defects. Quality lapses are commonly observed and noted in the electrical infrastructure as well. Modules can be damaged or even broken beyond acceptable limits, leading to higher costs for project installations. Compromised quality can lower energy generation, causing a project to fall short of the target output for which it was selected.

To mitigate the above concerns, solar PV project construction should typically progress through the following stages: planning, conceptualization, schematic design, construction design and drawings, and most importantly construction administration to ensure that quality control and assurance is implemented throughout the project lifecycle illustrated in Figure (E).

Figure (E): Project Life Cycle

 

Appointing a designated team of engineers for construction monitoring during the project phases to confirm the implementation of quality control and assurance systems would achieve acceptable quality plant standards at delivery. These engineers would principally help contractors follow consultant, developer, and manufacturer recommendations during installation, testing, and commissioning for all the project components. They would compile records of all the installation and testing results in the form of checklists, which will in turn make the project documentation stronger and more useful for future O&M.

Construction monitoring of solar PV plants needs to be performed in the interest of quality control and to resolve issues that arise due to non-conformance to standard industry practices. In this model, every task is completed in a sequential manner and the steps include resolving common problem or lapses as shown in Figure (F).

Figure (F): Quality Control Steps

 

Project construction monitoring teams would apply their knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to assure they meet established project safety and quality requirements. They would also be proficient at helping EPCs in implementation aspects such as following quality plans, utilizing check lists, completing compliance reports, resource management, etc. It is essential for the solar industry in India to appoint construction monitoring teams so that a standard level of project construction can be achieved and maintained.

 

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  • SushilSushil Bhagat, Chief Financial Officer, Azure Power
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced the appointment of Sushil Bhagat, former CFO of Hindustan Power Projects Ltd. (HPPL), as the new Chief Financial Officer of Azure Power.
 
Sushil Bhagat comes on board with over 30 years of experience of working with corporate and investment banking and then transitioning to HPPL where he worked extensively on fund raising and inorganic growth opportunities. As a previous investment banker, he raised $12+ billion of funds and led complex advisory and M&A assignments across all infrastructure sectors. Subsequently, he has headed finance, commercial and strategy functions at Coastal Projects and helped it achieve an enterprise value of over $4 billion in six years. Sushil has supervised 1,200 MWs of thermal and 400+MWs of solar power assets while at HPPL. He has also served in various corporate leadership roles at Coastal Projects, Wachovia, Axis Bank and State Bank Group.
 
S.K Gupta, former CFO of Azure Power has been appointed Executive Vice President – O&M and will head the O&M business unit to manage the company’s fast-growing fleet of assets.
 
Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “We are pleased to welcome Sushil Bhagat as the Chief Financial Officer of Azure Power. Given his proven track record, we are confident that he will be a strong leader for our business and a great addition to the management team. We are also excited to have S.K Gupta take over the O&M business unit. He brings a wealth of experience to optimize our significant and fast growing portfolio.”
 
Commenting on his appointment, Sushil Bhagat said, “Azure Power is an established leader in the solar industry in India that offers an attractive value proposition for Indian power customers by utilizing the best technology with unmatched word-class execution, expertise and experience. I look forward to growing the Azure Power platform to the next level.”

About Azure Power
 
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer in India with a portfolio of over 1,600 MWs across 22 states/union territories. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.
 
For more information, visit: www.azurepower.com
 
Forward Looking Statements
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s future financial and operating guidance, operational and financial results such as estimates of nominal contracted payments remaining and portfolio run rate, and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the commercial and retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in tariffs at which long term PPAs are entered into; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; its ability to attract and retain its relationships with third parties, including its solar partners; its ability to meet the covenants in its debt facilities; meteorological conditions and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that the Company has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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NTPC Accident at NTPC Unchahar

01st Nov, 2017

In NTPC Unchahar, Unit No. 6 at around 1530 hrs on 01.11.2017 there was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation and there was opening in corner no.2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area.

Around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after giving first-aid. In the mishap 8 people succumbed to the injuries. About 10 persons with serious injuries have been referred to nearby hospitals and to Lucknow to provide immediate treatment.

An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident. All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration.


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  • RajendraRajendra Prasad Singh, Director, Azure Power
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced that Dr R. P. Singh, former Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation, a Government of India Enterprise and India’s largest electric transmission utility, was appointed to Azure Power’s Board of Directors as an independent non-executive Director.

Dr R.P. Singh is known for his contributions in the Indian power sector, particularly the establishment of the national power transmission grid and modern load dispatch centers. During his tenure as CMD of Power Grid, he was responsible for establishing several high profile projects, especially building a 2,100 kilometer transmission system in 33 months with an investment of INR 33 billion which was well ahead of schedule and under budget. This feat was recognized by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. His expertise in grid management and recovery is widely recognised and he was invited by the US Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) following the grid issues in the US Northeast in 2003. He was responsible for restoration and normalization of grid operation during natural calamities in India. He is the recipient of many national and international awards including from the World Bank, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, USA), and the SCOPE Excellence Award. He is a respected author and has published several books and was conferred with a Doctorate Degree in Science (Honoris Causa) from Banaras Hindu University.
 
Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr R.P. Singh as a Director on our Board. Dr Singh is well recognized in the Indian energy sector especially for his contribution in the power generation, transmission, policy and grid infrastructure. His solid reputation for disciplined execution will help Azure Power tremendously in the next phase of growth in becoming one of the largest solar power companies in India.”
 
Commenting on the appointment, Dr R. P. Singh said, “Azure Power is an established leader in the solar industry in India and it gives me immense pleasure to join its esteemed board. Azure Power offers an attractive value proposition for Indian solar power customers by utilizing the best technology with unmatched execution expertise and experience. I look forward to working with Azure Power’s Board and team to drive long term value for all stakeholders.”

About Azure Power
 
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer in India with a portfolio of over 1,600 MWs across 22 states/union territories. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.
 
For more information, visit: www.azurepower.com.
 
Forward Looking Statements
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s future financial and operating guidance, operational and financial results such as estimates of nominal contracted payments remaining and portfolio run rate, and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the commercial and retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in tariffs at which long term PPAs are entered into; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; its ability to attract and retain its relationships with third parties, including its solar partners; its ability to meet the covenants in its debt facilities; meteorological conditions and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that the Company has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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