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No shortage of coal at power plants supplied by NCL: CMD

Twesh Mishra Singrauli | Updated on December 14, 2018 Published on December 14, 2018

There is no shortage of coal at any of the major consumers of Northern Coalfields Ltd, according to company Chairman and Managing Director, PK Sinha. But, the north-bound evacuation of coal is a challenge, he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the First International Conference on Opencast Mining Technology and Sustainability (ICOMS-2018), Sinha told BusinessLine, “The power plants nearby are not facing any shortage...They receive coal through Merry-Go-Round (MGR) mode...We have been meeting 100 per cent of their demand.”

NCL supplies coal to pithead power plants of NTPC Ltd, Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) and Renupower division of Hindalco Industries.

According to an NCL statement, “The ultimate capacity of power generation of these power plants is 13,295 MW and NCL is fully prepared to meet the increased demand of coal for the purpose. In addition, NCL is also supplying coal to power plants of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd, Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) and Haryana State Electricity Board.”

“There are some upcountry power plants where we have been asked to supply coal. We are trying our best to meet their requirements too, but there are evacuation issues,” Sinha said.

NCL aims to surpass coal production of 100 million tonnes during the current financial year.

The target for the next financial year is 105 million tonnes.

The writer was in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh at the invitation of Northern Coalfields Ltd

Published on December 14, 2018
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