Coal crunch forces OPGC to shut down 1 unit

Coal crunch forces OPGC to shut down 1 unit

The State-owned Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) shut down one of the two units of its Stage-I thermal power plant at Banharpalli in Jharsuguda district on Sunday night due to coal crunch.

With no tangible improvement in supply of the fossil fuel by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), resumption of power generation from the closed unit in the immediate future appears bleak. “If the current situation prevails for a few more days, we will be forced to shut down another unit within a week,” highly placed sources in OPGC said.

Despite best of efforts, MCL could manage to deliver 14,000 tonnes of coal on Monday against OPGC’s daily requirement of 24,000. The coal company had promised to improve fuel supply from Monday.

The Coal India subsidiary had assured to improve the fuel supply from Monday with the condition that the district administration takes care of the law and order situation prevailing in Ib Valley area.  Read More

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