Fire at Ramgarh Plant

A fire broke out in the second unit of Ramgarh Thermal Power Project, a combined cycle gas/steam  power plant  60 kms from Jaisalmer in India. While it was controlled within some time  the unit is likely to have suffered huge losses.

Following the incident, power generation at the plant has come to a standstill. The fire has stalled generation at the second as well as the third unit, while the first unit was already closed for maintenance. This has forced oil and gas companies such as Oil India, Focus Energy and ONGC to stop production. The companies provide a total of 9.5 lakh cubic metre gas to the plant daily.

BHEL ( Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd) engineers have been called to repair the unit. Confirming the incident, project’s superintending engineer ML Mawar said the heat generated by gas from the exhaust system led to the breaking of the seal of load gear box. This led to leakage of oil which caused fire.

The electricity generation in the unit was immediately stopped and fire tenders were called, he said. No loss of life was reported. As the project has been designed by BHEL, therefore, BHEL engineers have been called to investigate and repair the unit. The amount of damage can be assessed after the engineers look at the entire unit. The first unit will be opened in a day or two, he said.