Due to increase in coal supply, power generation by Tangedco units has increased. It touched 3500MW on Monday evening. This has helped Tangedco meet a power demand of 13500MW.
As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data, on October 11, five units in Tuticorin had a total buffer stock of 1.64 lakh tonnes of coal, including 96,000 tonnes which were imported directly by Tangdedco. The buffer stock is enough for 13 days if all the units were to generate power to their full capacity.
Generally, Tangedco used to have buffer stock for not less than 20 days. But in the last one month, the stock came down to even 1 day due to problem in getting rail rakes to evacuate coal from mines in Odisha.
“There are five units in Tuticorin with a capacity of 210MW each. Since last week, we have started receiving direct import coal through ships in Tuticorin port. This is why the buffer stock has increased in Tuticorin,” said a senior Tangedco official. Read more