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1ENERGY AUDIT AT R-INFRA DAHANU THERMAL POWER STATION (250 X 2 MW UNIT) CENTRAL POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, BANGALORE
2DESIGN CAPACITY/ RATING OF DTPS INSTALLED DURING BSES PERIOD 1995TAKEN OVER BY R-INFRA IN 2003NO MAJOR CHANGE IN HARDWARE SINCEIDENTICAL TO OVER MW UNITS INSTALLED ALL OVER INDIA INCLUDING PARLI, PARAS & TATA TROMBAY.SAME DESIGN REPLICATED IN ALL UNITSPG TEST, INSTALLATION MANUALS, NAME PLATES, CAPACITY TESTS OF EQUIPMENT AND C & I INDICATE UNITS ARE OF 250 MW CAPACITY.2
3Rating Terminology‘Maximum Continuous Rating’ (MCR) of a generating unit means the normal rated full load MW output capacity of a Generating Unit which can be sustained on a continuous basis at specified conditions.Ref: [CENTRAL ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION NOTIFICATIONNo. L/68(84)/2006-CERC New Delhi, the 14th March, 2006]Hence, 100 % MCR which refers to full load unit capacity is 100 % Unit MCR or 100 % UMCR.
4Unit MCR (UMCR) refers to 100 % MCR of the unit Unit MCR (UMCR) refers to 100 % MCR of the unit. For the units under study UMCR is 250 MW.Boiler MCR (BMCR) refers to maximum rating of the boiler. The boiler rating corresponding to 100 % UMCR (i.e., 250 MW) is called as NCR (normal continuous rating). BMCR is higher than NCR by 8-10 % usually.Turbine MCR (TMCR) refers to rating of the turbine corresponding to 100 % UMCR (i.e., 250 MW). VWO condition refers to turbine rating under valve wide open conditions which is higher than the 100 % UMCR by 5 % usually.4
5Generator ratings are given by apparent power (MVA) [vector sum of active power + reactive power] at a given power factor and not by active power (MW) (power capable of doing work). This is because reactive power (power to overcome inductance or electrical inertia in the system) in the system also generates heat.Generator transformers are rated by apparent power (MVA) and not by active power as reactive power (power to overcome inductance) also generates heat.
6Ref: [CEA Indian Electricity Grid Code, 2005] Overload capability of generating units: Each Generating Unit shall be capable of instantaneously increasing output by 5% when the frequency falls limited to 105% MCR. Ramping back to the previous MW level (in case the increased output level can not be sustained) shall not be faster than 1% per minute.Ref: [CEA Indian Electricity Grid Code, 2005]6
7Ref: [CEA Indian Electricity Grid Code, 2005] All Generating Units, operating at or up to 100% of their Maximum Continuous Rating (MCR) shall normally be capable of (and shall not in any way be prevented from) instantaneously picking up five per cent (5%) extra load when frequency falls due to a system contingency. The generating units operating at above 100% of their MCR shall be capable of (and shall not be prevented from) going at least up to 105% of their MCR when frequency falls suddenly. After an increase in generation as above, a generating unit may ramp back to the original level at a rate of about one percent (1%) per minute, in case continued operation at the increased level is not sustainable.Ref: [CEA Indian Electricity Grid Code, 2005]7
8Generators: MVA rating Generating transformers: MVA rating All machines are provided with peak plant load capabilities which are configured by the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) as continuous peak load (without impairing equipment life) and peak load for limited periods (with the effect of reducing the operating life of the equipment due to its effect on other quality parameters). When operating on continuous peak load duty OEM has ensured that all quality parameters are within safe limits and there is no acceleration of ageing/life reducing effect to the equipment for indefinite duration. Continuous peak plant load duty is denoted as follows:Boilers: BMCR ratingTurbines: VWO ratingGenerators: MVA ratingGenerating transformers: MVA rating8
9Plant load (active power or MW) dependent and plant load independent parameters: In all coal fired thermal power plants the majority of the quality parameters like temperature, pressure (except for variable pressure operation), voltage, etc., are designed by the OEM to be nearly constant and first order load independent for the load range of 60 % UMCR through maximum load and changes are only second order.However, the quantity parameters like flow, current, etc. are directly proportional to active power (MW) or plant load or machine loading. As energy efficiency increases these quantities decrease in magnitude for a given output.9
10Hence, the plant load limiting parameters are primarily the quantity parameters like flow and current. As the energy efficiency of the equipment decreases these quantity parameters for a given output will increase thereby limiting their maximum values and posing a limitation on the maximum loadability of the unit. The other quality parameters like temperatures, pressures, voltages, etc., are designed to be load independent.
11Peak parameters for limited periods are defined in terms of permissible peak loading of certain identified parameters such as currents, voltages, temperatures, pressures, flows, etc. and the time limits in seconds, minutes or hours in one excursion as well as total time in the lifetime of the equipment. Hence OEM has defined the parameters which constitute peak parameter loading along with the time for single excursion as well as the operating duration in the total lifetime of the machine.Continuous peak parameter loading is done purposefully for achieving the maximum performance or output from the machine whereas the limited period peak parameter loading occurs because of system operational transients or constraints or limitations or system mismatch. When parameters go out of operating range or out of control, then a transient results which amounts to limited period peak parameter loading.11
12TESTS ON UNITS Maximum load- 268 MW 100 % UMCR- 250 MW F-GRADE LOAD- MAXIMUM LOAD REACHED WAS 240 MW
13BOILERSNCR (normal continuous rating) refers to steaming requirements which correspond to 100 % UMCR (250 MW).Boiler MCR or BMCR refers to steaming requirements for valve wide open condition of the turbine + auxiliary steam + operating margin. This will normally be around 8-12 % higher than the 100 % UMCR capacity. Hence, boilers have operating margins of % above the 100 % UMCR capacity (i.e., steam requirement at 250 MW).13
14BOILERS BMCR capacity consists of: 102 % of steam flow at HP turbine throttle inlet under turbine valve wide open (VWO) condition, 7.18 kPa (69 mm Hg) condenser pressure3% cycle make-up (to compensate for steam lost through the system)20 t/h steam for meeting normal auxiliary steam requirements of the unit (steam which is used for non-motive purposes).14
15BOILERSIn other words, the boiler maximum steaming rates (BMCR) are designed (continuous rating) at:7.1 % additional steam flow over and above the 100 % NCR flow (2 % over 105 % for VWO condition of turbine =1.071)3 % make up which amounts to =0.03.The boiler is also capable of supplying auxiliary steam (20 t/h) of 2.67 % of the NCR flow. If the auxiliary steam is drawn from another boiler or another source or is minimized by best practices this will provide an additional margin up to 2.67 %.15
16BOILERSThus, most boilers have a margin of around 7 % with additional margin of around 3-4 % if DM water and auxiliary steam are prudently utilized and minimized with reference to the design value.16
171.08 1.10 1.07 1.11 Dahanu 250 MW Units 1 & 2 t/h 746.60 805 CE/BHEL Sl. No.Unit particulars-boilerUNITSNCRBMCRMARGINDesign1Dahanu 250 MW Units 1 & 2t/h746.608051.08CE/BHEL2Paras 250 MW Unit 3736.208101.103Parli 250 MW Unit 6738.214Tata Trombay Unit 85Nasik 210 MW Unit 56527001.076Chandrapur 210 MW Unit 37Bhusawal 210 MW Unit 36548Koradi 210 MW Unit 79Khaperkheda 210 MW Unit No 4624.236901.1110Chandrapur 500 MW Unit 715401670
18BOILERSAnother important factor (besides high energy efficiency) which governs the capacity is the design coal GCV of the boiler and the operating GCV. The operating GCV must always be higher than the design GCV if the boiler is to be used effectively. If the operating GCV of the boiler is lower than the design GCV then the firing rate will have to be increased18
19Particulars at 100 % BMCR conditions Restriction on BMCR to GCV Sl. No.Particulars at 100 % BMCR conditionsUnitsDahanu 250 MWParas 250 MWParli 250 MW Unit 6Nasik 210 MW Unit 5Chandrapur 210 MW Unit 3Bhusawal 210 MW Unit 3Koradi 210 MW Unit 7Khaperkheda 210 MW Unit No 4Chandrapur 500 MW Unit 71Design coal GCVkcal/kg3700340050004445510035002Annual average GCV396636523608342231703235364233543Total heat to boilerMcal/h599.4611.7527.34536533.4531.42527.5515.551215.94Total fuel quantityt/h162179.9155.1107.2120104.2105.5147.3347.45Restriction on BMCR to GCV% lessNoYes
20Effect of GCV on loading rate or steaming rate of the boiler: Coal firing rate (t/h) = – [(GCV) (kcal/kg)]Effect of GCV on specific fuel consumption (SFC):SFC (kg/kWh) = – [(GCV) (kcal/kg)]Effect of GCV on boiler efficiency:Boiler efficiency (%) = [(GCV) (kcal/kg)] (valid up to 5000 kcal/kg)Effect of GCV on UHR: The UHR decreases with GCV and the sensitivity index is kcal/kWh per kcal/kg:UHR (kcal/kWh) = [(GCV) (kcal/kg)] (valid up to 5000 kcal/kg)20
24Study of operational parameters The operational parameters of the boiler be classified into two types:Continuous normal and continuous overload parameters with no time restriction on them.Overload parameters with restriction on a single excursion as well as total time in the life of the unit.There are two types of parameters in a boiler:Quantity parameters (like flow, current, etc.) which are directly plant load dependentQuality parameters (like temperature, voltage, pressure, etc.) which are designed to be plant load independent for the load range 60 % UMCR through maximum load.24
25Study of operational parameters On scrutiny of the data it is seen that the DTPS has not exceeded any parameter beyond the values set by the OEM and they have set alarms and trippings for parameters well within the limits set by OEM for asset management and asset preservation. It is ensured that restricted time overload parameters are never reached control action in the form of alarms and tripping is designed to be activated well before they are reached. All control loops are in action and continuous recording of all data is available including water chemistry data.
27DTPS boilers are designed for BMCR of 805 t/h & design steam flow at 250 MW is 746 t/h. As per the study it is seen, DTPS has ensured that boilers are operated well within BMCR design limit. Steam flow from the boiler is being monitored on real time basis through DCS and the limit of < 775 t/h- priority 1 Alarms are configured in HMI Also daily/monthly/yearly basis deviation report is reviewed and all parameters are being recorded and ensured to be within limits. Better quality of coal (Blend Indian washed coal with imported coal) which is higher than the design GCV by kcal/kg also contributes in maintaining high steaming rate of the boiler besides the high boiler efficiency.In conclusion, it can be said that the DTPS has been able to maintain steaming rates below the BMCR levels prescribed by OEM while simultaneously not overloading any parameter beyond OEM limits through:High boiler efficiency (85.35 %)High GCV of coal ( kcal/kg above the design value)Minimizing auxiliary steam requirements27
28TURBINESThe terminology to designate capacity of turbines is as follows:TMCR refers to steam demand for 100 % UMCRVWO (valve wide open) condition of the turbine refers to steam demand when the turbine valves are fully opened. These are normally 5 % over and above the 100 % UMCR capacity. Hence turbines have operating margins of 5 % above the 100 % UMCR capacity.The turbines are sized such that they shall be capable of operating continuously with valves wide open (VWO) at rated main steam and reheat steam parameters. The total steam flow to turbine is the steam flow at HP turbine stop valve inlet plus external steam supplied to the turbine cycle such as gland steam, stack steam, etc.28
29Sl. No.Unit particulars-Steam turbineUNITSTMCRVWOMARGINDesign1Dahanu 250 MW Units 1 & 2MW250262.821.05Seimens2Paras 250 MW Unit 3264.781.063Parli 250 MW Unit 64Tata Trombay Unit 85Nasik 210 MW Unit 5210213.301.02Russian6Chandrapur 210 MW Unit 3215.801.037Bhusawal 210 MW Unit 3215.008Koradi 210 MW Unit 79Khaperkheda 210 MW Unit No 4221.7010Chandrapur 500 MW Unit 7500524.40Siemens
30TURBINESHowever, it is common experience that most Siemens turbines have continuous overload margins up to 8 %, that is, 210 MW operate at up to 227 MW. Siemens turbines normally have a built in margin of 15 % in torque. It has been clarified from turbine specialists that turbines have margins up to 15 % in power output without any harmful effect provided efficiency and steam cleanliness is maintained. Since turbines are constant speed machines with load directly proportional to the transmitted torque, the heat generation in the journal bearings is second order dependent on load while the heat generation in thrust bearings is directly proportional to load. If the turbine efficiency is maintained very near the design value, then the heat generation in the thrust bearings can be kept well within OEM limits even with high load ability.30
32TURBINESApart from maintaining the load ability of turbines, DTPS has made provisions to supply the required steam through:minimized auxiliary steam flow (by cutting down on tracing steam for HFO and introducing zero steam leak policy)minimized DM water consumption (by cutting down steam lost to the atmosphere)minimized auxiliary steam consumption in the turbine itself (for gland sealing steam, stack steam and vent steam) to ensure that most steam goes into the turbine and turbine load ability further improves.DTPS has ensured turbine load ability of more than 100% TMCR by some additional measures such as the following: Good condenser vacuum due to open cycle operation of condenser cooling & by use of sea water for condenser cooling. Rated parameters of equipments are never violated & regular monitoring of same through deviation report thereby preventing parameter excursions and loss of value of the asset. Maintaining very good quality of process chemistry parameters of steam and water Program of routine, preventive, predictive maintenance and planned AOH. Continuous monitoring of process cycle efficiency on line & off line. Simulator training for operators using the customized 250 MW simulator.32
35TURBINESIn conclusion it can be said that the DTPS has be able to maintain good load ability on the machine within the OEM margins and without exceeding any OEM parameter limits by:Maintaining high turbine efficiency (turbine heat rate deviates from design by only 4.4 kcal/kWh)Strictly maintaining water quality parameters as per OEM guidelinesMinimizing auxiliary stack, vent and gland sealing steam requirements in the turbine.35
36TURBINESAll turbine related flow, pressure (except for variable pressure operation), temperature, vibration and position parameters are archived for past two years in EXCEL files. In additional the water chemistry parameters such as electrical conductivity, pH, silica and chlorides have been archived for the last 2 years on daily average as well as hourly basis for 2009 and Figures give the turbine steam, oil and metal parameters including mechanical parameters such as vibration, axial shift, etc., over the past one year on a daily average basis for Unit 1. Similar data is also studied for Unit 2. The hourly average is also archived and studied for both Units 1 & 2 for 2 years (2009 & 2010). On scrutiny of the data it is seen that the DTPS has not exceeded any parameter beyond the values set by the OEM and they have set alarms and trippings for parameters well within the limits set by OEM for asset management and asset preservation. Restricted time overload parameters are never reached to preserve the value of the asset. Very good water chemistry parameters are being maintained.The parameters which have most critical effect on the life of the turbine are:Main steam and reheat temperatureMain steam pressure36
37Sl. No.Unit particulars-GeneratorMVA ratingMW at pf = 0.85MW at pf=0.99MARGIN pf=0.85 to 0.991Dahanu 250 MW Units 1 & 2294.0250291.181.162Paras 250 MW Unit 3294.13Parli 250 MW Unit 64Tata Trombay Unit 85Nasik 210 MW Unit 5247.0210244.596Chandrapur 210 MW Unit 37Bhusawal 210 MW Unit 38Koradi 210 MW Unit 79Khaperkheda 210 MW Unit No 410Chandrapur 500 MW Unit 7588.0500582.35
38The schedule of tolerances in the generator must be as per IS 4722: 2001 and the operating specifications including combinations of parameters at any given output must be according to IS 5422: 1996 (reconfirmed 2002).Sl. No.Particulars of continuous parametersDesigned value01Maximum temperature of stator core105 0 C02Maximum temperature of stator windings03115 0C04Maximum temperature of cold gas45 0C05Maximum temperature of hot gas75 0C06Maximum temperature of inlet water38 0C07H2 gas pressure3 bar08Voltage variation 5 %09Unbalanced load8 %10Unsymmetric short circuit current (I2t)11Frequency
39Sl. No.FactorsDescription01Short term operation or individual occurrence of the event1.1Reverse power flow20 s/event1.2Over current of 150 %30 s1.3Short circuit at 100 % MVA and 105 % voltage3 s
40Sl. No.FactorsDescription02Long term operation or cumulative occurrence in an yearSteam temperatures2.1Type 180 h/year (single event 15 min/occurrence)2.2Type 2400 h/year (single event 15 min/occurrence)Power frequency1 % frequency drop (-0.5 Hz)No effect2 % drop (-1.0 Hz)< 90 min/year3 % drop (-1.5 Hz)< 10 min/yearPower ramp rates2 %/min80 % of nominal power5 %/min50 % of nominal power10 %/min20 % of nominal power
41GENERATORSIn conclusion it can be said that the operation of the generator at a load of MW (108 % of the UMCR) without exceeding the OEM margin and without exceeding any parameter from OEM limits is possible because of:Power factor improvement from 0.85 to 0.99.High generator efficiency (as good as design efficiency) thereby reducing the current and heat generation.41
46GENERATOR TRANSFORMERS Generator transformer are rated by apparent power (MVA) and not by real power (MW). Generator transformers are normally rated at % higher than the generator 100 % MCR MVA rating at the designed power factor. Generator transformers are designed for continuous operation at any tap at rated 315 MVA with voltage variation of ±10 % of rated tap voltage; and capable of delivering rated current at a voltage equal to 105 % of rated voltage without exceeding specified temperature rise giving a continuous overload capacity of 5 %.46
47If the power factor is improved from 0. 85 to near 1 If the power factor is improved from 0.85 to near 1.0 then a 15 % margins will be available to the station in the form of active power (MW) capacity. Thus, generator transformers have a margin of around % with an additional margin if the power factor is increased from 0.85 to as the capacity is controlled by the MVA rating and not the MW rating.
48Sl. No.Unit particulars-Generator transformerUnitsMVA of GenMVA of GTMARGIN1Dahanu 250 MW Units 1 & 2MVA294.13151.072Paras 250 MW Unit 33Parli 250 MW Unit 64Tata Trombay Unit 85Nasik 210 MW Unit 5247.02501.016Chandrapur 210 MW Unit 37Bhusawal 210 MW Unit 38Koradi 210 MW Unit 79Khaperkheda 210 MW Unit No 410Chandrapur 500 MW Unit 7588.06001.02Thus the generator transformers have a margin of 7 % over the generator apparent power.
49Standard temperature limits for power transformers Average winding temperature rise: 65 ºC Above ambientHot-spot temperature rise: 80 ºC Above ambientTop liquid temperature rise: 65 ºC Above ambientMaximum temperature limit: 110 ºC AbsoluteThe generator transformer rating is 315 MVA. During the performance test the maximum load on generator was computed as MVA (load factor: %). The computed current was 667 A and is lower than the design value of A.The GT winding temperature was in the range of 64 – 71 oC at power output of MW during Test 1 and was lower than the design value of 55 oC above ambient temp. (during test ambient temp. was oC).Similarly the GT oil temperature was in the range of 43 – 48 oC at power output of MW during Test 1 and was lower than the design value of 50 oC above ambient temp. (during test ambient temp. was oC).
50LIFE LIMITING FACTORSThe power plant assets (boiler, turbine, generators, major auxiliaries, etc.) are designed for an operational life of 3,00,000 (3 lakh) operating hours or around 35 years of service under normal operating regime. If the operating regime is deviated, the acceleration of ageing takes place and the operational life gets reduced. In other words, the equipments get due for replacements much sooner than expectations.50
51The factors which affect the operational life are both the physical running hours as well as cyclic (on/off) operations. Each on/off or start/stop operation can be taken as an expenditure of 20 h of steady operational life. The allowable starts of base load units are 10 hot starts/year, 5 warm starts/year and 3 cold starts/year. For peaking units the starts are much higher. For all units, starts and stops are factored into the life 20 h/start on an average
52Sl. No.Type of StartsDesigned number of Starts in life time of the unit01Hot start (within 8 hours of unit shut down)455002Warm start (within 36 hours of unit shut down)91003Cold start (after 72 hours of unit shut down)455Sl. No.Particulars of transientsDesigned value(MINIMUM)01Step load change+ 15%02Ramp Rate under variable pressure+ 3%03Ramp Rate under constant pressure+ 5%
53LIFE LIMITING FACTORSThe plant and equipment besides normal ageing is affected by:Severity of:operating dutycyclic operationsexcursions in the operating regime.Frequency and duration of:Cyclic operationsParameter excursionsTranslating these factors into engineering factors, the mechanical life of equipment is finally controlled by:CreepFatigueThermal stresses53
54LIFE LIMITING FACTORSThe deterioration process starts with microstructure degradation, crack formation and finally results in failure of the component or equipment.The remaining life of an in-service equipment/component is taken as,Nremaining = 1 – (fc + ff + ft)Where fc , ff , ft are expended life fractions of the fractions due to deterioration effects of creep, fatigue and thermal stresses.Translating the life limiting factors into engineering parameters, the electrical life of equipment is controlled by:Rate of heat accumulation in the equipment (heat generation minus the heat withdrawal)Voltage stresses and their patterns (cyclic, steady deviation, periodic, etc.)54
55We are hereRemainingLife(h, years)Ө <45˚GoodӨ > 45˚poorӨ=45˚NormalReal time years
56Starts MTBF: days (Av R-Infra: 122 days) Average time from Boiler light up to 100 % Load (h)Unit no.Hot startWarm startCold startUnit 13.617.0621.23Unit 23.538.3118.30MTBF: days (Av R-Infra: 122 days)Average outage period: h/outage (Av R-Infra: 74 hours)
57Sl. No.Type of StartsNumber of Starts in life time of Unit 1Number of Starts in life time of Unit 2Number of starts/year for Unit 1Number of starts/year for Unit 201Hot start1101207.38.002Warm start26271.71.803Cold start13140.80.9
58MAXIMUM LOADThe maximum plant load clocked under Indian conditions by few stations in the regime of continuous overload parameters and without reaching limited time overload parameters [either quality (temperature, pressure, voltage) or quantity (flow, current)] are as follows:Raichur TPS 210 MW: MW : 9.5 % > 100 % UMCRVijayawada TPS 210 MW: 228 MW: 8.5 % > 100 % UMCRParli 210 MW Unit 5: 228 MW: 8.5 % > 100 % UMCRThe DTPS Units have clocked a maximum average plant load value of 7.0 % > 100 % UMCR rating which is in conformation with best performance of other units.58
59The loadability is coupled with energy efficiency The loadability is coupled with energy efficiency. Decrease in energy efficiency causes decrease in loadability because the flows per unit will increase. By maintaining low heat rates, the DTPS have been able to load the plant to MW but within the OEM margins and OEM parameter limits.Max load inMaximum load inUnit 1268.65268.80Unit 2265.98266.37
60Study of current operating levels The capacity exceeds the UMCR rating in the following circumstances:Physically overrated plant with under rated name plate.Normally rated plant with overloading within the prescribed limits of OEM.Overloading a normal plant indiscriminately with parameters exceeding limits.In the present case of DTPS of R-Infra after detailed study and analysis we are of the opinion that the plant is rated at 250 MW and it is indeed a 250 MW. It is identical to the units at Paras Unit 3, Parli Unit 6 and Tata Trombay Unit 8. There is no physical over rating or under rating of any equipment.Around 25 units of 250 MW (identical in design to DTPS as OEM BHEL has frozen the design) have been installed in India and they have clocked a PLF of 89 % as per CEA in as compared to 83 % for 210 MW sets and 88 % for 500 MW sets. 250 MW units as a class have out performed 210 MW and 500 MW units.60
62There are 66 units in India which have achieved average plant loads of % and there are 14 stations which have achieved annual station loads in excess of 100 % during The maximum average plant load is % which is in conformation with the OEM design margins. [Ref: Performance review of of CEA]There are 9 units and 3 stations in India which have clocked a PLF of over 100 % with the maximum being % in [Ref: Performance review of of CEA]Sector wise private sector units have clocked a PLF of 91 % as compared to Central sector of 87 %.[Ref: Performance review of of CEA]
63Study of current operating levels In the case of boilers the R-Infra have utilized the margin of BMCR of up to 8 %. They have used the margin steam meant for auxiliary steam use and for DM make up for generation by minimizing/optimizing the margin steam usage. Further, they have maintained a coal GCV of around 4000 to 4200 kcal/kg (20-23 % higher than the design GCV) thereby proving advantage of optimization of the boiler capacity which has a design GCV of 3400 kcal/kg. The additional 600 kcal/kg has been taken advantage to load the boiler to obtain steaming rates near but below the BMCR ratings. Scrutiny of records (hourly and daily data for the past 2 years) indicates that BMCR ratings have not been exceeded. This has been possible by maintaining a high boiler efficiency which ensure that coal, air, flue gas flow rates are reduced and heat release rates in the boiler are minimized. If the boiler efficiency is decreased additional quantity of fuel would have to be fired causing a higher heat release rate in the boiler which would lead to parameters exceeding the design values and therefore imposing restriction on loadability. Thus, it can be said that the high boiler efficiency is a major factor responsible for the high boiler loadability.63
64Study of current operating levels On the turbine side the capability of the turbine has been well utilized. By periodically overhauling the turbines and utilizing the margin steam for the turbine (the auxiliary steam for turbine gland sealing steam, stack steam, vent steam, etc.), they have been able to generate almost MW without exceeding the parameters at any point of time and without crossing the OEM VWO margins. In other words, the high turbine efficiency is responsible for maintaining a high turbine loadability well within the VWO margins and parameters below their OEM limits. In addition to this maintaining of very good water chemistry has contributed to the loadability. It is generally accepted that the Siemens turbines can easily be loaded continuously up to 10 % without any adverse impact on the life provided their efficiency very near the design value. If the efficiency of the turbine drops then the heat losses in the turbine decrease and their loadability would come down because the parameters (like main steam flow, HRH flow, CRH flow and condensate flow) would exceed their OEM prescribed levels.64
65Study of current operating levels On the generator side the margin power factor (from the design value of 0.85 to unity) through implementing a high power factor of on the 33 kV distribution side of the energy supply has been made full use of to get maximum active power while minimizing the heat generation from the reactive power component. The loading is within the OEM margins and the parameters are within OEM limits. The same is the case of the generating transformer. Besides the high efficiency of the generator and generator transformer have contributed to low heat generation. If the generator efficiency had decreased, then the present level of loadability would not have been possible.65
67Units 1 & 2 have been commissioned in Jan and March 1995 and have completed 15 years of service and nearly 1,20,000 operating hours.Acceleration of life expenditure takes place due to parameter excursions into the limited-time-overload-regime for long periods, due to frequent cyclic loading, due to frequent transients with high ramping rates. Scrutiny of operation and parameters indicates that the DTPS has avoided operation in these life limiting regimes thereby preserving the longevity of their assets. The cyclic operations are far lower than their design values.RLA reports do not indicate any deterioration of the hardware especially the generator and generator transformers and the unit according to the RLA can be continued safely for a further period. The Unit is designed for an engineering life of 35 years or 3,00,000 operating hours. The expended operating life is almost the same as the expended physical operating hours indicating that acceleration of deterioration or damage has not been observed.67
68Considering a total engineering life of 35 years of service or 3,00,000 operating hours the physical (actual) life expenditure of both units is expected to be 40 %. Except for generator, where the life expenditure is 50 % (remaining life= 50 % or 14 years), the remaining life of other components matches roughly with the physical life expenditure. This indicates that acceleration of life has not taken place. The low degradation rate coupled with the high loading on the plant also leads to the conclusion that the equipment are healthy and factors in the nature of non-repairable damage are not present.
69Study of current operating levels Two of the most common life limiting factors are parameter overloading and cyclic (on/off) operations. A scrutiny of daily and hourly data from the DCS for the past two years ( and 2009 till date) did not indicate any evidence of parameter overloading beyond the continuous overload limit. Cyclic operations are also not present. In no case the restricted time overload parameter limits have been reached in terms of parameters overshooting their permissible continuous limits as a step for preserving their assets. The controls have been designed to trigger alarms well before the restricted time overload parameters are reached and tripping settings are also well designed.69
70Study of current operating levels A major factor contributing to high level of machine loading in the case of boiler, turbine and generator is the energy efficiency or unit heat rate. Low difference of the unit heat rate from the design heat rate implies that the heat accumulation or generation is minimum in all the equipment enabling their very high loadability. Further another major life limiting factor, i.e., cyclic operations caused by forced outages has been minimized to a very large extent. As a result of this the life of the assets are being preserved while maintaining the load and loadability.70
73Study of current operating levels We are also of the conclusion that the operation regime of quality parameters (temperatures, pressures, voltages, etc.) as well as quantity parameters (flows & currents) have been restricted to the limits imposed by the OEM for all parameters and overshooting of critical parameters is not seen. The DTPS has introduced continuous monitoring of parameters through DCS as well as condition monitoring of selected parameter. The continuous safe overloading margins provided by the OEM have been made use of to operate the plant up to a load of 268 MW without violating either the OEM margins or the OEM limits of parameters.73
74Thus after a thorough scrutiny of the data sheets, daily and hourly readings for the past two years, physical inspection of equipment, study of name plate ratings and efficiency tests on equipment we have come to the following conclusions:The parameter limits set by the OEM for all equipment have been maintained by setting the alarms and trip setting below these values. Parameter monitoring and condition monitoring have been installed. This has led to asset preservation and management.The margins provided by the OEM for the boiler, turbine and generator have not been crossed but been made use of by measures to ensure that loadability is high.74
75On the boiler side DTPS have minimized DM water make up and auxiliary steam besides firing coal with around 600 kcal/kg higher than the design coal thereby maintaining good boiler loadabiliy within the BMCR limits. A high boiler efficiency is being maintained. If the boiler efficiency drops down then the heat load in the boiler will increase and it will not be possible to sustain the required steaming rate. High boiler efficiency thus enables loading of the unit to MW without crossing the 100 % BMCR limit or any parameters exceeding.
76On the turbine side they have maintained very good water chemistry regime, regularly overhauled turbines and minimized auxiliary steam to the turbine (gland steam, stack steam, etc.) thereby maintaining good turbine loadability well within the 100 % VWO limits given by OEM. If the turbine efficiency decreases, the present loading rate will not be possible to be maintained in the turbine and the load will have to be decreased.
77On the generator side they have taken advantage of the high power factor of 0.99 against the generator design power factor of 0.85, and the high generator efficiency to get an increase in loadability by around 8 % but within the OEM limit of 291 MVA without any parameters crossing the OEM limits.77
78Combining all these factors R-Infra has been able to load the unit to MW against the design value of 250 MW. Maintaining this load is not harming the life of the unit as the DTPS has ensured boiler operation is within 100 % BMCR limits, turbine operation is within 100 % VWO limits and generator operation is within the capability curve. Further, all parameters are kept within OEM recommended limits.78
79The plant capacity is 250 MW and the present continuous load limit of 268 MW is well within the frame work of the OEM margins and parameter limits. There is no evidence to show that the parameters have been exceeded in any equipment.
80The present unit loadability of 268 MW achieved because of the high boiler, turbine and generator efficiencies (low unit heat rate); coal quality of around 4,000 kcal/kg, prudent use of margin steam in the boiler and turbine (through zero leak policy), proactive control of water chemistry regime and margin power factor of near unity. All design margins provided by the OEM have been utilized without parameters shooting beyond the safe levels and minimizing cycling excursions. If coal GCV, boiler efficiency, turbine efficiency, generator efficiency and power factor decrease, then it will not be possible to maintain the loadability of the units to 268 MW. There is an inverse relationship between unit heat rate and unit loadability as explained earlier in the text.
81The issue of continuous operation of the unit 7 % higher than the 100 % UMCR (at 260 to 268 MW) was discussed with OEM and other units. They have opinioned that the sustainability of the MW may not be of a permanent nature and both availability and loadability are bound to drop in due course of a few years. A large number of factors are responsible for this loadability and any let up in any side may affect loading. Loadability is linked to heat rate and if heat rate increases implying that losses in the boiler, turbine and generator increase then the loadability will not be sustainable.81
82Also, the PG tests indicate the OEM assurance is for 250 MW which is identical to several units installed in India by the OEM and no capacity upgrades have been added since inception. Moreover, the margins are not uniform in boiler, turbine and generator and limitations may be created in any one equipment. Further, the original design considers a margin as envisaged by the CEA grid code 2005 and up-rating of the unit could affect this margin. Considering all the above factors we are of the opinion that the rating can be maintained at 250 MW.82
83Heat rateThe gross overall efficiency of the Unit 1 TG set is 37.8 % against the design efficiency of 38.5 %. The gross overall TG heat rate (TG HR) is kcal/kWh at the test load of as compared to the design heat rate of kcal/kWh.The deviation in the test TG heat rate is 44.2 kcal/kWh which can be attributed to boiler side as 39.8 kcal/kWh and due to the turbine side it is 4.4 kcal/kWh. On the generator side the deviation is 0 kcal/kWh.The annual unit heat rate (UHR) of the unit considering all factors is kcal/kWh for Unit 1.The average degradation of SHR corresponds to a degradation rate of 0.18 % of design HR/year. The degradation of SHR has averaged 0.18 %/year over the past few years. The CPRI test TG HR is showing a degradation rate of 0.13 %/year. The degradation is 2.0 % of the DHR.83