Power supply to Andhra Pradesh is set to suffer further as the Talcher Super Thermal Power Station of the power major NTPC, which has an installed capacity of 3,000 MW and supplies power to 15 States, is hit due to insufficient coal supply from Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
Talcher Super Thermal Power Station in Odisha supplies 2,000 MW to the Southern Grid. Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station at Parawada near here, which has an installed capacity of 2,000 MW, is also facing crisis due to insufficient supply of coal from MCL. Simhadri has fuel supply agreement for stage-I and signed a memorandum of understanding with MCL for meeting its coal requirement for stage-II. As a result, the peak load factor has come down. Simhadri supplies entire 1,000 MW generated from stage-I to AP as part of a special arrangement and 335 MW from stage-II.
Sources told The Hindu that both Simhadri and Talcher units were sometimes getting boulders and stones in the coal supply and the coal they were getting, by and large, was stated to be ‘low quality’.
At present, Simhadri is importing coal to meet part of its requirement and opting for blending with MCL coal.