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Singareni committed to supply of 8 million tonnes coal to NTPC this year

Coal loading at an underground mine of SCCL at Yellandu of Bhadradri Kothagudem district.

Coal loading at an underground mine of SCCL at Yellandu of Bhadradri Kothagudem district.   | Photo Credit: G_N_RAO

To be supplied to NTPC plants in 8 States; MoU with SCR to prevent delay in coal dispatches

Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) will supply 8 million tonnes of coal to power generation plants of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) located in eight States during 2019-20.

The quantity is about 11.43% of the coal production target, 70 million tonnes, set for itself by the company for 2019-20 and about 11.76% of the total coal despatches, about 67.7 million tonnes, made by the company during 2018-19.

A memorandum of agreement on coal supply was signed by the two companies here on Friday. The SCCL will supply coal to NTPC’s power generation plants in Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Haryana as part of the agreement.

The agreement was signed by Chief General Manager (Fuel transport) of NTPC S.D. Prasad and General Manager (Marketing and Coordination) of SCCL Anthony Raja. According to SCCL officials, different grades of coal would be supplied to NTPC from its Sattupalli, Manuguru, Mandamarri, Ramagundam and other mines. Officials from the two sides also held discussions on the details of number of rakes required for coal supply to different NTPC units.

Mr. Prasad stated that Singareni had been supplying coal to NTPC for decades in time for generation of power. The coal supply signed up would be used in the existing as well as upcoming power plants of NTPC.

Engine on load

Meanwhile, Singareni has also signed an “engine on load” agreement with South Central Railway (SCR) for uninterrupted loading and transportation of coal to its clients, as part of which the engine that brings wagons for coal loading would remain till the loading was over and thereafter take the rake (wagons) to the scheduled destinations.

The agreement was signed by Principal Chief Operations Manager K. Shiva Prasad and Principal Chief Commercial Manager John Prasad on behalf of SCR and Executive Director (Coal Movement) J. Allwyn for Singareni on Friday.

The existing practice is that the engine which comes with wagons to coal handling plants (CHPs) would leave them there for loading and then would come back to take the loaded wagons later. As a result, there would be invariable waiting for the engine to come back and set off for destination even after completion of loading.

Under the agreement, coal loading has to be completed within three hours of arrival of the rake.

The agreement has been reached at in case of five major CHPs — two at Ramagundam and one each at Asifabad, Kothagudem and Manuguru.

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