No problem with coal storage: KPCL


The coal stock at the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) is sufficient and five units are functioning normally, according to senior officials of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Muralidhar Rao, Technical Director of KPCL, said that contrary to reports, five units at RTPS were functioning normally, while one was under annual maintenance. “It is true that five units were shut down sometime ago. However, it was not because of any “fault”. The consumption had dropped and we did not see the need to generate power then. However, they have begun functioning now after the consumption increased,” he said.

Around 1,050 MW was being generated at RTPS. With heavy rainfall and flooding in Raichur, the power plant was also affected. “There were minor damages to the plant. At the ground level, there was some flooding and the coal stock had become damp. But the situation is under control now,” he said.

Rail link

With the rail link to north Karnataka affected by the flood, there were rumours that coal stocks could not reach RTPS. Denying this, Mr. Rao said that the road connecting Raichur and Hyderabad was clear. He added that RTPS received four or five rakes of coal every day. “We are closely monitoring the situation. The coal stock had become damp. But we are letting the water percolate and using the coal that is on top of the heap,” he said.

He also said that at the Bellary Thermal Power Station, there was coal stock of around two lakh tonnes, which was sufficient for a month. Currently, one unit was functioning at BTPS and generating 400 MW.

Full reservoirs

Mr. Rao said that the storage in the Linganmakki, Mani and Supa reservoirs was much better this year, compared to the corresponding period last year. “It is good that the reservoirs are full even in October. Usually, the storage reduces after the rain stops in September. We are in a position to generate 80 million units a day through both hydel and thermal power. We will not face severe power shortage in the summer months next year like we did this year,” he said.

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