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Tangedco breathes easy as imported coal arrives at port - CEA

Coal News - Published on Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Times of India reported that due to increase in coal supply, power generation by Tangedco units has increased. It touched 3500MW. This has helped Tangedco meet a power demand of 13500MW. As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data, on October 11, five units in Tuticorin had a total buffer stock of 1.64 lakh tonnes of coal, including 96,000 tonnes which were imported directly by Tangdedco. The buffer stock is enough for 13 days if all the units were to generate power to their full capacity. Generally, Tangedco used to have buffer stock for not less than 20 days. But in the last one month, the stock came down to even 1 day due to problem in getting rail rakes to evacuate coal from mines in Odisha.

A senior Tangedco official said that "There are five units in Tuticorin with a capacity of 210MW each. Since last week, we have started receiving direct import coal through ships in Tuticorin port. This is why the buffer stock has increased in Tuticorin."

Similarly, thermal units in Mettur also have coal stock for six days. The official said that "In Mettur there are four units with a capacity of 210MW each and there is also another unit with a capacity 600MW. For all these units we have received local import coal in the last few days after the energy department allowed us to purchase imported coal locally from three companies."

On October 1, the energy department exempted Tangedco from following tender process and purchase coal from Adani Enterprises Ltd, Sree Rayalseema Hi-strength Hypo Ltd and Yasin Impex India Ltd. Tangedco, in a press release, said that the cost of coal from these three companies will be lower than the local coal from Coal India.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 18 Oct 2018
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