Punjab may be staring at the possibility of a thermal power supply shortage but Coal India, in a statement issued on Friday, said it has already delivered almost 75% of the contracted coal supply quantity for the period and has allowed it to lift coal from other subsidiaries too. It is up to the plants supplying power to the state to lift its full quota of coal to avoid a crisis.
The state has a total installed capacity of 6540 mw despite which it is faced with the possibility of a power generation shortfall during crucial summer and paddy sowing season. The reason being: Its plants at Lehra Mohabbat and Ropar are being forced to run on a low capacity utilisation of about 29% despite holding coal stocks for 28 days and 36 days respectively. A third plant at Bhatinda is under shut down.
According to reports, in an effort to meet its shortfall, the state has decided to draw power from independent power producers and has been buying power from L&T Group’s Nabha Power Plant at Rajpura in the state. Reports suggest that L&T has been forced to shut down one of its 700 MW unit allegedly due to coal shortage. Read More