Friday, July 25, 2014

Coal Shortage for the Thermal Power Plants in Andhra Pradesh

As against the requirement of at least 80,000 tonnes of coal every day, the State is able to get 55,000 tonnes as of now and officials are worried over the prospects if the supply situation worsens further. Senior officials of the A.P. Power Generation Corporation, who are working overtime to ensure supply of coal from conventional sources as well as outside, are keeping their fingers crossed over the availability of the fuel to meet the requirements.

According to officials, the 1,760 MW Dr. Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station at Vijayawada required 30,000 tonnes of coal, 1,050 MW Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project 15,000 tonnes and the Krishnapatnam thermal power plant 20,000 tonnes on a daily basis to ensure generation at full capacity.

Alarmed over the situation, the State government has dashed of a letter to the Central government seeking allotment of 80,000 tonnes a day to meet the demand of the thermal power plants. The government, in its communication to the Union Coal Ministry, maintained that the State could generate 2,000 MW against the total installed capacity of over 3,000 MW due to shortage of coal. 

Read more @ the Hindu

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