Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Sambalpur, June 25:
The failure of the Kaniha unit of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Odisha’s Angul district to lift the required quantity of coal from the sidings has forced Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) to explore alternatives to clear the piling stock from its mines in Talcher coalfields.
About 50,000 tonnes of dry fuel is lying atthe railway siding while over 1.20 lakh tonne of coal is stocked at the pit head.
NTPC Kaniha, which can lift 20,000 to 22,000 tonne of coal per day as per present production trend at the linked MCL Kaniha Opencast Project, has not been able to provide sufficient rakes at railway sidings for the coal dispatch due to reasons best known to the power producer, an MCL release said here today.
Further, the railway rakes for NTPC Kaniha that used to have 26 wagons, now have 22 to 23 wagons only, resulting in increase in coal stock at the railway siding from ranging frome 5000 tonne to about 50,000 tonnes at times.
It is always advisable to use coal as soon as possible due to its natural tendency to heat up after coming in contact with the air. Keeping big heaps of coal over ground not only poses risk of the stock catching up accidental fire, it also lowers the quality due to internal heating.
In his letters on April 12 and 14 this year, MCL’s Kaniha Area General Manager had brought this to the notice of the local NTPC Kaniha management as well as NTPC top management, but in vain.
Since rising coal stock at pit heads as well as sidings also hampers the daily production from the mines, MCL has been forced to go for e-auctioning of coal to enable small consumers to apply and take coal directly from the mining company.
It is worthwhile to state here that the Kanhia Opencast Mine, which has NTPC Kaniha athe a primary consumer, has a target production of 10 million tonnes coal per annum i.e, 30,000 to 31,000 tonnes per day.
Although the mining company is exploring possibility of marketing the burgeoning coal stock in Kaniha area through e-auction, it affirms that supplying of coal to power producer NTPC Kaniha would always remain top on its priority, the release added.