Coal sup­ply bot­tle­necks high on the agenda of State power min­is­ters’ meet­ing

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Bot­tle­necks in coal sup­ply re­mained high on the agenda of the con­fer­ence of Power and New and Re­new­able En­ergy Min­is­ters of States and Union Ter­ri­to­ries held here on Thurs­day.

Tamil Nadu sought mea­sures to im­prove the sup­ply of do­mes­tic coal to the State. It said, “The sup­ply of Do­mes­tic Coal from coal com­pa­nies is far less than re­quire­ment and Tangedco is be­ing forced to im­port coal.”

Coal In­dia Ltd and the Rail­ways have been re­quested to sup­ply 72,000 tonne of coal and al­lot 20 rakes on daily ba­sis to Tangedco to avoid power out­age in the State, said the Tamil Nadu rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Bi­har too de­manded coal for its power projects. In its rep­re­sen­ta­tion, the State said that the Pir­painti-Bara­hat coal block sit­u­ated on the Bi­harJhark­hand bor­der has been al­lo­cated in-prin­ci­ple by the Coal Min­istry for the 4000MW Ul­tra Mega Power Plant in in Kak­wara vil­lage.

The State has re­quested the Power Min­istry to take up with the Coal Min­istry for for­mal al­lo­ca­tion of the block at the ear­li­est.

An as­sured coal block for its UMPP was on Jhark­hand’s agenda too. The State asked the Cen­tre to sup­port and sup­ple­ment the ef­forts of the State gov­ern­ment in ex­pe­dit­ing trans­fer of Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cle and the re-bid­ding/se­lec­tion of new De­vel­oper for Ti­laiya Ul­tra Mega Power Project.

“The al­lo­ca­tion of Keran­dari Coal block for Ti­laya UMPP by the Min­istry of Coal may be ex­pe­dited,” the state­ment added.

Kar­nataka said that it was fac­ing short­age of a power due to non-avail­abil­ity of coal to Raichur, Yera­marus and Bel­lary Ther­mal Power Plants.

“The to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of Raichur, Yera­marus and Bel­lary Ther­mal Power Plants is 5020 MW,” said the State’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“The coal re­quire­ment for the above plants from De­cem­ber 2017 to March 2018 is 55.29 lakh tonne whereas the an­tic­i­pated coal sup­ply is 40.68 lakh tonne. Due to re­duc­tion in coal sup­ply from al­lot­ted coal mines, the power avail­abil­ity from ther­mal gen­er­a­tion will be re­duced by 1,500 MW,” the state­ment added.

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