Power generation hit at NTPC

Power generation was hit at the 2,600 MW National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ramagundam due to poor supply of coal from the Singareni Collieries Company limited and other coal agencies during this rainy season.

Presently, the NTPC Ramagundam was generating only 2,000 MWs against its installed capacity of 2,600 MWs due to shortage of coal. The power generation would further come down with the authorities planning to go in for annual overhaul of the seventh unit of 500 MWs from Tuesday late night onwards.

NTPC Ramagundam general manager Y.V. Rao told The Hindu on Tuesday that they had planned the annual overhauling of the 500 MW seventh unit for 35 days. He said that they were having coal stocks of only 30,000 metric tonnes and the daily supply stood at 20,000 metric tonnes as against a required 32,000 metric tonnes for all its seven units.

Mr. Rao attributed the decline in coal supply from the Singareni Collieries, the South eastern coal fields and other coal fields due to monsoon. He hoped that the coal supply would improve as soon as the coal companies intensify their production after the rains.

In the meantime, the coal production had declined considerably in all the four open cast projects (OCPs) in the Singareni Collieries of Ramagundam coal belt region since last two weeks following incessant rains. Though, the Singareni officials have been taking several measures to excavate coal after pumping out the flood waters, they were unable to meet the coal demand in the power sector.

The NTPC officials said that usually they would take up the annual overhauling of its unit with the arrival of rains and production of power at the hydel power stations and decline in power consumption. But, due to the late arrival of monsoon and poor inflows into the reservoirs, the AP Genco was unable to take up power generation forcing the thermal power stations to generate power to meet the demand at cost of its power stations.

“We have been pressurised to take up power generation at highest plant load factor (PLF) without annual overhauling,” they said and added that the normal overhauling period time was also reduced from 45 days to 35 days and 25 days to 15 days to meet the demand. The officials said that they were unable to take up renovation and modernization of several units of NTPC Ramagundam.

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