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Web Exclusive | April 2013

NTPC's Kaniha plant still faces coal shortage

National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) 3,000 mw Kaniha power station in Orissa's Angul district continues to reel under acute coal crisis with the plant surviving on a coal stock of less than one day's requirement over the past one week. NTPC's Kaniha power station is the second largest power plant in India.

The dwindling coal stock had forced the utility major to shut down one 500 mw unit of the power station last week and now threatens to hit other units of the plant. The coal stock at Kaniha has remained at 40,000 to 44,000 tonne over the last week, which is less than one day's requirement for this station pegged at 55,000 tonne.

There was a shortfall of 30,000 tonne of coal during 1st to 5th April, 2013, says a release from by NTPC. In this period, the linked mines of Mahanadi Coalfield (MCL), a unit of Coal India (CIL) located just next door to NTPC plant, supplied 2,10,000 tonne of coal against the linkage demand of 2,40,000 mt. The total loss in power generation in these 5 days due to less supply of coal is more than 110 million units.

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