Coal Stock ‘Critical’, Raj Stares At Power Crisis


Coal Stock ‘Critical’, Raj Stares At Power Crisis

A power crisis is looming large as the thermal power stations in the state are facing acute coal shortage. Some units are in ‘critical’ condition and others are being described as ‘super critical’ as coal stock of has come down drastically.

Power consumption is on the rise as heat wave conditions are prevailing in major parts of the state.
R G Gupta, managing director of Jaipur Discom, said, the power consumption in the state has reached 1,800 lakh units per day which is equal to the consumption last year despite a sharp reduction in the distribution loss by 5.5%. This means power consumption is on the rise.

He said power per unit at the energy exchange has already reached Rs 5 per unit even before the peak summer months and if the coal situation is not improved it would seriously impair power supply in the coming days.

S S Meena, director (technical), Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam, said, “one unit of the 110 MW capacity Kota thermal power station has been shut down. The condition in Kota and Chhabra thermal station is super critical with just a couple of days of thermal grade coal stock available.” Read More

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