Coal shortage may affect many states of the country, the second unit of NTPC closed in Rae Bareli, deepening crisis
One of the reasons for the nationwide shortage of coal and the consequent reduction in the availability of electricity is the non-lifting of coal from the coal mines of Jharkhand. This has further aggravated the shortage and the respective power generating plants are not getting the required coal.
The second unit of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Unchahar in Rae Bareli also had to be shut down on Saturday night due to a shortage of coal. However, the management is talking about repair work behind it. Due to this, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttaranchal are also going to be affected from here. On the other hand, out of the four units of Thermal Power House located in Parichha, Jhansi, two are closed. Even half of the remaining production is not getting done.
One of the reasons for the nationwide shortage of coal and the consequent reduction in the availability of electricity is the non-lifting of coal from the coal mines of Jharkhand. This has further aggravated the shortage and the respective power generating plants are not getting the required coal. This is affecting the coal mines at Hazaribagh, Chatra, and Giridih. The movement of the displaced and has come from time to time with the active support of various political parties. Due to this, other projects of NTPC in Bihar including Barh, Bongaigaon, Farakka, Kahalgaon, Navinagar, Kanti, Barauni, Rihand, Unchahar, Tanda, Dadri, Solapur, Korba, Talcher are affected.
Production of 779 MW instead of 1550
Unchahar NTPC Project with a power generation capacity of 1550 MW. Due to the closure of two units, now only 779 MW of electricity is being generated. The sixth unit with the highest power generation was closed on Thursday due to the coal crisis. Other units were being run at less than half the load. According to sources, since not a single rake of coal came into the project for the last two days, the management decided to shut down the second unit as well. However, after a while, two rakes of coal arrived. Although 30 thousand metric tonnes (MT) of coal is consumed in 24 hours to run all the six units here, at present, only eight to 10 thousand tonnes are being supplied in two three days.
Thermal plants run at half capacity in Punjab
Due to the shortage of coal, thermal plants in Punjab were able to run at half capacity for the second day as well. Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PowerCom) may have procured power from other companies to meet the power demand due to low power generation, but despite this people in different districts face power cuts for two to four hours. fell. This trend may continue till Wednesday. Powercom has reiterated its appeal to the people to use electricity as per their requirement.
Unannounced cuts in Jammu and Kashmir
There is an undeclared cut of five to six hours in Jammu and Kashmir. The deduction does not exceed one hour continuously in any district.
No declared cut in MP
There are currently no announced cuts being made in Madhya Pradesh. On Sunday, there was a stock of two lakh 27 thousand 727.67 tonnes of coal in all the four thermal power plants of the state. This allows the plant to run for three days.
No problem in Delhi
There is no problem with the power supply in Delhi. There was a demand for 4000 to 4400 MW power on Sunday. Up to 3550 hundred MW of power was supplied from plants outside Delhi and close to 950 MW from plants in Delhi.
Two units closed in Chhattisgarh
The 500 MW units of Madwa Project and 210 MW of Hasdeo Thermal Power Plant (HTPP) units of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Company (CSEB) located in the Korba district have been closed. Due to the shortage of coal, production in some units has also been reduced. Due to this, 2,100 MW of electricity is being produced at present instead of 3,000 MW. There are only five days of coal left in Madwa and only three days in HTPP.
Manoj Sachan, Chief General Manager of Parichha Thermal Power House Project, said that it is expected that by October 15, coal will be supplied at full capacity. Then perhaps we will be able to start our four units once again.