power generation at NTPC Ramagundam super thermal power project located in Andhra Pradesh has been adversely impacted due to shortage of coal supply from Singareni Collieries Company Ltd.
SCCL miners are agitating in support for separate statehood of Telangana. Of the 2,600-MW of installed capacity at Ramagundam, NTPC plant is able to generate about 1,520 MW from the six units of 2,100 MW. It has shut down the seventh unit of 500 MW from Saturday due to coal shortage as it does not make sense to generate power with low plant load factor.
A spokesperson of NTPC told Business Line that "In spite of making alterative arrangements from Mahanadi Coalfields, South Eastern Coalfields and from mines in Chhattisgarh and Orissa and making other alternative arrangements from Coal India Ltd, we are able to generate only about 1,520 MW today."
As against average requirement of about 36,000 tonnes per day, NTPC now has supplies for about 18,000 tonnes.
The power generated from NTPC Ramagundam is supplied as per the allocation made to various southern States. Accordingly Andhra Pradesh gets about 31.5%, Tamil Nadu 25%, Karnataka 19%, Kerala 15%, Puducherry and Goa about 5% respectively.
(sourced from thehindubusinessline)