Bhubaneswar, Dec 3:
Lack of coal supply following the violence in Talcher has badly affected thermal power major NTPC’s power generation reducing it to about one-third of its capacity, while efforts are on to resume coal supply to the central power utility. The situation, however, is likely to improve after workers joined duty today in 9 of the 10 mines run by the Mahandi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).
Sub Collector Saroj Samal said efforts were on to supply coal to NTPC from Lingaraj and Kaniha collieries of MCL as soon as possible.
The central PSU has been able to manage to generate only 1100 MW power against its capacity of 3,000 MW as there was no supply of coal. Only 1100 MW power could be generated from three units of NTPC at Kaniha which has six units of 500 MW capacity each. Generally, 3000 MW of electricity is being produced at NTPC’s Kanhia units.
Official sources said four southern states – Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala purchasing power from NTPC failed to get supply for last four days following the drastic fall in generation.
Generation in NTPC was severely affected as it needed at least 55,000 metric tonnes of coal daily for making the plant fully operational, they said.
Latest reports said, workers have resumed their duties at the MCL mines following lifting of Section 144 Cr PC from Talcher area barring Jagannath colliery area-the site of violence on Friday. Generation situation is likely to improve with resumption of production from MCL mines today.