Power minister and eminent experts from the sector share thoughts on increased safety standard at power plant sites
Over 800 eminent power experts gathered at O&M conference
New Delhi, February 13, 2018: India’s largest Operations & Maintenance conference – Indian Power Stations 2018 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh in New Delhi today. The three-day event, to commemorate synchronisation of NTPC’s first thermal plant at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station 36 years ago, was kicked-off with eminent experts and leaders sharing their thoughts on safety concerns in the power sector.
Inaugurating the conference, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh lauded NTPC for its efficiency and safety track record and advised the Maharatna to get into power exports and setting-up power plants overseas.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri A K Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry Of Power laid emphasis on technology and bringing down the power shortage and said, “Today we have IT-enabled systems to improve knowledge and efficiency in the sector. We need to keep ourselves updated with the developments in the sector and we will be able to find solutions easily”.
Highlighting technological challenges, addressing issues and formulating solutions & strategies in the presence of key stakeholders, the O&M conference – Indian Power Stations 2018 mirrors NTPC’s commitment towards making quality power available 24×7 while ensuring minimum carbon footprint.
Shri P K Pujari, Chairperson, CERC, “NTPC is setting the benchmarks in project management and its operational practices are rated amongst the best in the world”. Speaking about the overall energy mix, he said, “ Addressing delegates and officials at the international O&M conference, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC said “Safety is always the first priority and we should demonstrate the same through our actions.
He further added that coal was here to stay for two to three decades, if not more and coal based power plants need to focus on raising their efficiency levels.
The three day conference will serve as a platform for delegates to lay the foundation of a dialogue with the global fraternity and additionally enhance the awareness and knowledge of every participant at the global conference.