‘Thermal power plants would get sufficient coal’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 09:29:11


Staff Reporter,

Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Coal and Railways, assured to ensure adequate supply of coal to thermal plants in Maharashtra. Goyal during talks held with Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra Minister for Energy, New and Renewable Energy and State Excise said, “Thermal power plants would get sufficient coal. Efforts would be co-ordinated to ensure that plants will have 15-day stock as per the norms.

Earlier, Bawankule along with officials of Maharashtra State Power Generation Company met Goyal and discussed the situation of power generation vis-a-vis coal supply. With peak summer season ahead when there is surge in power demand, Maharashtra wanted increase in coal supply so as to keep generation plants running at full steam. The meeting was held at Rail Bhawan and our Delhi Bureau said that both sides agreed to co-ordinate efforts for the smooth running of the thermal power plants in the state.

Krupal Tumane, Ramtek’s Member of Parliament, Bipin Shrimali, Managing Director, MAHAGENCO, Shyam Wardhane, Director (Mining) and senior officials of Railway and Coal Department of Central Government were present at the meeting. Our Bureau said Bawankule later told the media persons that the demand for provision of adequate quantity of coal would be met for MAHAGENCO's thermal power plants.

Currently, coal is available in the thermal power plants of Koradi, Khaparkheda, Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Parli and Nashik, which are under the MAHAGENCO. The Minister informed that, in today’s meeting, sufficient coal be made available to all the seven thermal power projects within time to avoid power cuts. The electricity generated is 10,170 MW from these seven thermal power plants. The Union Minister directed the officers of the Central Coal Department to ascertain that these thermal projects should be made available as soon as possible.

As per the agreement, Coal is provided to MAHAGENCO's thermal power plants from the companies falling under the Coal Ministry like, Western Coalfields Limited, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, South East Coalfields Limited, Singareni Collieries Company Limited, Singareni Collieries Company Limited, which is being received by Maharashtra. However, due to some technical difficulties, there was shortage of coal to the MAHAGENCO projects. However, these issues were discussed in a detailed discussion and redressed. Goyal assured that the coal will be given to the state as per the terms of the contract.