Nalco's captive power plant at Angul has been forced to scale down weekly power production from 800 mw to 600 mw due to acute coal shortage. In a related development, the authorities have also decided to shut down 200 pots in its smelter plant in phased manner owing to shortage of power supply. The 1,200 mw captive power plant, comprising 10x120 mw clusters, needs 14,000 to 15,000 mt coal daily.
The supply of coal was hit severely after the Bharatpur coal mine was closed down by the director general of mining safety (DGMS) following the death of a worker recently. Pradeep Ranjan Choudhury, the Executive Eirector of Nalco, Angul, said that out of the ten units, seven units are operational now with low Plant Load Factor (PLF).
Nalco has also decided to shut down 200 pots gradually. This will lessen the metal production in the smelter plant too. At present, the Smeller plant is producing around 1100 tonne metal, which may come down to 830 to 900 tonne, he added. Last year, 120 pots were shut down owing to coal shortage. Mahanadi Coalfield authorities, however, denied charges of negligence on their part regarding coal supply to Nalco.