Coal crisis at NTPC-Kaniha likely to affect power generation

Angul: A severe shortage of coal has emerged as a major hurdle for the Kaniha Thermal Power Station of the public sector giant National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) raising apprehension of less power generation in the coming days

The 3,000MW plant requires 55,000 metric tonne (MT) coal daily for functioning all six units. But, only around 40,000 MT coal are being provided to the plant daily.

The plant is currently utilizing the fuel from its stockyard to run its six 500 MW units, said sources. The power generation would be affected adversely if such situation like coal crisis continues.

States like Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka which get the power supply from the Kaniha unit, may face severe electricity crisis.

Earlier in March 2017, power generation had dipped to around 2,700 MW per day against 3,000 MW due to short supply of coal. This forced the plant then to cut supply to Odisha by 70 MW per day.


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