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Fire broke out at NTPC-Kaniha conveyor belt

ANGUL: On Saturday,a major  fire broke out  in the conveyor belt 15 A & 15 B along with at coal transfer point (TP) 16 located between Unit 2 and Unit 3 at NTPC Kaniha plant. The fire call was quickly responded to by the CISF Fire Wing and Plant Disaster Team . The fire has been doused fully,according to NTPC sources.

 NTPC authorities with the help of three fire tenders and an internal water sprinkling system control the fire within two hours. As the fire caused extensive damage to the conveyor belt the authorities had shut down the Unit-3 of the Power Plant.All other Units  were running  normally.The authorities immediately responded to the fire  by pressing their fire tenders and calling other fire tenders from  nearby.



 Before the fire tenders from the State government and nearby industries reached the spot  and the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire though it is still unknown it is believed that excessive heat conditions as the coal carrying conveyor belt remains the cause.

 NTPC Kaniha Power Plant Additional General manager,AGM(HR) B.K.Pandey said that so far no cause is established  and after an inquiry it will be ascertained .He said there was no injuries in the mishap except one CISF jawan sustained minor injuries .He was released after first-aid..Pandey thanked all including the state officials for immediate arrest of the fire which could have caused major damages to the power plant. He claimed except Unit-3 which was shut down all other five Units are running in full load. Coal supply in the system is also normal, he claimed.

 NTPC here at Kaniha has 3,010 MW  Coal fired power plant which supplies power  to 17 Indian states, including Odisha. It draws around 50,000 to 55,000 tonne of coal from Mahanadi Coalfields mines per day..The coal comes by railway rakes and merry-go-round system (MGR).

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