Coal shortage: Rajpura power plant stares at shutdown

Coal shortage: Rajpura power plant stares at shutdown

With the paddy season round the corner when the demand for electricity soars, a power crisis is looming in Punjab as the Rajpura thermal plant is likely to suspend operations of its 700 megawatt unit due to coal shortage after having shut the other unit of same capacity.

The 1,400 MW plant having two units is run by Nabha Power Ltd (NPL), a subsidiary of Larsen and Toubro (L&T). If the plant does not get the required coal supply in time, the second unit will be shut in the next two days, which may aggravate the problem of power outages across the state.

During the paddy season, when the state is likely to face shortage of 1,400 MW power, as extra electricity is needed to run agriculture tubewells as paddy is a water-intensive crop.

Not only the L&T-run plant, the coal stock at Vedanta Group-run 1,980 MW plant at Talwandi Sabo has also reached critical level, as the unit may not continue operations beyond four days if it does not get fresh supply of fuel. Read More

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