Coal shortage dogs NTPC-Kaniha plant

Published: 28th September 2012 03:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2012 03:43 PM   |  A+A-

Power generation in the 3,000 MW NTPC-Kaniha has been  drastically curtailed this month due to coal shortage.

According to NTPC official sources, the authorities facing coal crisis have shut down one 500 MW unit from the beginning of this month, while another 500 MW unit which was closed for similar reasons has been restored three days ago.

 The power plant, second largest in the country, has been facing problems due to less supply of coal by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited this month. The sources disclosed that against the daily requirement of 55,000 tonne from the coal company it received on an average 25,000 tonne to 35,000 tonne a day pushing it into a serious trouble. The power plant is left with a coal stock just for a day.

This has brought down the average power generation in the plant from 1,000 MW to 1,800 MW this month against the normal capacity of 2,500 to 3,000 MW.

The plant load factor also did not exceed 50 per cent mark while it usually runs above 100 per cent PLF.

 Out of the six units, each 500 mw, in the plant, the authorities now operate four. With unit 4 closed for want of coal, unit 2 remains shut for annual maintenance and unit 6 which remained closed for some days for want of coal was restored.  Coal crisis for the plant is not new but these days the drawal has been very abysmal.

Coal dispatch from the linked coal mine Lingaraj at Talcher remained much less than the  demand due to shortfall in production this month.  The power plant also draws coal from other coalmines located in the field. It also imports coal.

MCL authorities, commenting on the situation, attributed it to slump in coal production due to incessant rains in this season.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp