At a time when 30% of the recent capacity addition in Indian power generation sector has been made through use of Chinese equipments, the inefficiency of the installed equipments has become a major cause of concern. If projection made by one of the leading players in the Indian power sector is anything to go by, 1% inefficiency in the operations of these equipment, with collective capacity of 18,000 MW, for their entire life span of 30 years, can cost the country Rs 1 lakh crore.
At a press conference organized by Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) in city on Monday, the stakeholders of the power equipment manufacturing industry urged the government to take some major initiatives to spur the growth of the industry and the power generation sector as well, which is very crucial for the economic growth.
Raj Eswaran, president, IEEMA said, “Chinese equipments have been used for about 30% of the recent capacity addition in power generation sector. But operations of these power plants have indicated that these equipments are not as efficient as the equipments manufactured by the domestic industry. So while going for new capacity addition, rather than considering the cost of procurement only, we should take into account the actual cost of ownership.”
Highlighting the major demands of the association, Vishnu Agarwal, vice-president, IEEMA said, “The government is supposed to clear infrastructure projects worth Rs 6 lakh crore, out of which 50% projects are from power sector. So these projects should be cleared at the earliest.”
Expressing concern over the use of Chinese equipment in the power sector, Sunil Misra, director general, IEEMA, said, “It is beyond doubt that the Chinese equipments are sub-standard, but that is not the only concern. Once installed, we need Chinese spare parts and manpower for the maintenance of the power plants on regular basis. In case of any major political conflict between the two countries, this supply can be disrupted and lead to shortage of power supply, which is very crucial for the common man, defence forces and economic growth as well.”
Misra also said that as per projections made by one major player in the industry, 1% inefficiency in the operations of Chinese equipments, with collective capacity of 18,000MW, for their entire life span of 30 years, can cost the country Rs 1 lakh crore.
Source: Times of India
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