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Poompuhar Shipping Corporation sees 12pct drop in coal traffic

Coal News - Published on Tue, 19 Jun 2018

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The Hindu reported that the Poompuhar Shipping Corporation, which handles coal transport for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s, saw its traffic drop nearly 12% in 2016-17.

The State owned firm, created with the objective to transport the entire coal required for Tangedco, witnessed just a 3% jump in coal traffic in 2017-18.

According to a note of Highways and Minor Ports Department for 2018-19, the PSC shipped 169.37 lakh tonnes of coal in 2016-17, against 192.01 tonnes in 2015-16. For 2017-18, it handled 174.11 lakh tonnes of coal.

PSC transports the domestic coal allotted by Indian companies to Tangedco through two specially-designed vessels from the load ports at Haldia, Paradip and Visakhapatnam to discharge ports at Ennore and Thoothukudi. Based on the requirement, the firm charters 13 vessels from the private shipping companies for the transportation of the coal.

The firm transports domestic coal from Paradip and Dharma to Ennore for three thermal stations of 500 MW each at Vallur. The plants are run by NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd, a joint venture between Tangedco and NTPC.

With Tangedco buying more wind and solar power, its dependence on coal has reduced and this led to a fall in freight traffic at Kamarajar port.

According to data from the Kamarajar port, coal handling fell to 23.10 million tonnes in 2016-17 from 25.61 million tonnes in 2015-16. It remained almost flat in 2017-18.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Tue, 19 Jun 2018
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