More than sixteen people were killed and about 100 injured in an boiler blast in Unchahar power plant in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The blast occurred in the boiler area of a 500 MW unit of the recently commissioned plant in Raebareli district. The 1,550 MW coal powered plant supplies electricity to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttarakhand.
There was an explosion in the boiler. After the coal burns, it gets deposited and has to be cleared. The people who died were engaged in the cleaning. NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Raebareli district is around 110 km from Lucknow. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also despatched to the explosion site from Lucknow for relief and rescue operations.
The NTPC said that at around 1530 hrs (1 November, 2017) at unit number six of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20 meters elevation. There was an opening in corner number two from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area.
Recounting the boiler blast, an injured employee undergoing treatment at a hospital said that a sudden gush of hot gas with contents of ash-like material engulfed him at the Unchahar plant. He fainted only to regain consciousness on the hospital bed with his body scalded all over.
Of India’s installed power generation capacity of 329,298.27 MW, NTPC projects account for 16% or 51,635 MW. NTPC’s portfolio comprises coal, gas, hydro, wind and solar projects.
Update: The death toll in the boiler blast has risen to 29. Unit #6 (500 MW) of Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station is under shut down after an accident in the evening of 1 November, 2017. The other five units of the station are operating normally.