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Jharkhand coal crisis hits power production in the state - Report

Coal News - Published on Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Image Source: The Hindu Business Line
ET reported that Jharkhand has been reeling under power crisis after Tenughat Thermal Power Station (TTPS) in Lalpania was forced to shut one of its units due to coal crisis. Load shedding continued all over the state with Ranchi facing interrupted power supply in most of the localities. As against 410MW generation capacity TTPS has been generating 206MWs, resulting in crisis of around 200MW power in the state which is partially being compensated from central pool. Unfazed over the power situation in state, Rajya Sabha member from state Mahesh Poddar expressed his concern about the status of coal supply to the captive power plants. He asked the Centre to explain if they have any policy for fixed allotment to the captive power plants, replying to which Union minister of state for power Mr RK Singh said that there has been an increase in the demand for coal in thermal power plants of the country as a result of which majority chunk of coal was being diverted to thermal power stations.

Mr Singh said that "Coal based power generation witnessed a growth of 11.2 per cent in October, 2018 and 6.3 per cent in the month of November, 2018 over the corresponding months last year. During the period April to November 2018 the growth has been 5.5 per cent over the same period in last financial year and this has affected the coal supply to other sectors including captive power plants."

Despite the increase in demand for coal due to rise in power demand and increased generation by most of the thermal power plants, TTPS is unable to get adequate coal from CCL in the wake of its outstanding dues. Sources in the coal ministry said that thermal power stations are the first priority and accordingly it is being made available.

Mr Singh in his reply to question in Rajya Sabha said that in terms of the Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) for non-regulated sector including captive power plants, the percentage of supplies are not fixed.

However, there are provisions for mutually enforceable penal clauses for delivery/lifting below a certain level. The minister also shared figures of coal supplied to the captive power plants in the last three years which has been 80 per cent, 66 per cent and 68 per cent of the Annual Contracted Quantity for the year 2015-16, 16-17 and 17-18 respectively.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 18 Dec 2018
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