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FEB 07 2015

Lack of coal supplies hits power generation

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Sat 07th FEB 2015

The first unit of 800 MW at Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Super Thermal Power Station, known as Krishnapatnam Genco power plant, here has been declared ready for commercial operations but generation is stopped due to lack of formal coal supplies from the Talcher coal fields in Orissa.

According to Genco officials here, there is no sufficient coal stock available at the plant right now. They are expecting regular supplies from Talcher coal fields as the commercial operations readiness certificate is being submitted to the company there.

The officials dismissed reports of any deliberate delay in commercial operations, saying that the coal supply companies will not enter formal agreements for supplies if a power plant is not ready for commercial generation.

Three days ago, the first unit was run for over 72 hours uninterruptedly as part of stabilisation tests. As there was a positive result, the Genco authorities have taken the certificate for starting commercial operations.

However, this has to be formalised by getting formal coal linkages from the Orissa-based Mahanadi Coal Company Ltd.

On the allegations being levelled by Telangana leaders, the officials here says even if the commercial generation is taken up on a continuous basis, there is little scope for sharing the power generation. As there is no clear agreement on this aspect, the A.P. government is thinking of giving a share in the profits, if any, out of the thermal station's commercial generation.

The same view will be held good with regard to the second unit of 800 MW at the Genco station here. Officials say it will take three to four months for stabilisation but Telangana leader are complaining delay that is allegedly being caused in this aspect.

The second unit will also take some time and its commercial operations may begin by June this year.

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