Frequent disruptions at MCL mines taper stocks of Odisha’s power plants


Frequent disruptions at MCL mines taper stocks of Odisha’s power plants

Recurring disruptions at coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has dwindled stocks of key power producers in Odisha. NTPC Ltd, private producer GMR Ltd and state owned generator Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC) are wrestling with diminishing coal inventory at their units.

Data from the National Power Portal shows that NTPC’s 3000 Mw super thermal power plant (STPS) at Kaniha lacks even a day’s stock. Another NTPC owned generating plant at Talcher Thermal in the vicinity of the STPS, has barely a day’s stock. GMR Kamalanga, too, is reeling under coal crunch with stock drying to a day’s level. Even the pit head plant of Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) at Ib valley where the state government owns a controlling stake, has only six days of coal stock. Read more

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