Power division seeking permission for investigation of Guddu power plant damage

Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) has been requested by the Power Division for a proper and independent inquiry into the causes which led to damage to Guddu power plant rendering it out of service.

On February 12, 2021 gas turbine No.14 of Guddu 747MW Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) malfunctioned and the unit became out of service. After preliminary investigations, it was found that the unit became non-functional due to damage to some internal parts. It is pertinent to mention here that Central Power Purchasing Generation Company (CPGCL) (GENCO-11) had signed a contract service agreement with M/s General Electric (GE) OEM, on September 2021 for a period of 16 years. Under the agreement GE is responsible for scheduled inspection, supply of initial spares, diagnostics and online performance monitoring, O&M advisory services, asset performance management operational excellence system as these are included in the scope of covered maintenance.

According to sources up till now 2 different inquiry committees have been constituted and have submitted their reports. But their reports have been inconclusive and missing major aspects of the matters like legal, commercial etc. The Board of directors of CGGCL (Genco-II) in its 130th meeting deliberated on the report and decided that submitting this report before the Senate Standing Committee on Power or any other forum will be misguiding.

November 26, 2021 Secretariat conveyed that the Standing Committee desired that Power Division may provide the names of experts from power sector for constitution of another new independent inquiry committee to investigate the matter of repair and damage of Gt-14 in Genco-II.