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Poor coal supply to power plants a reason behind electricity crisis in state

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BY DK

Prevailing coal crisis due to non-payment of dues to coal company has badly affected power production in state-owner Tenughat Thermal Power Station (TTPS) these days. One of the two power units of 210 MW each is closed down while second is at gasping state facing coal shortage. 

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State energy secretary, Nitin Madan Kulkarni has asked TTPS authorities to ensure reliable power production to overcome frequent blackout in state. “We are taking serious steps to solve the problem related to coal shortage with the TTPS. Coal companies are asked to maintain coal supply”. Apart from major coal shortage issue, TTPS suffer some technical problems which are asked to get resolved.
TTPS has about Rs 200 crores dues to pay to Central Coalfield Limited (CCL) for the coal purchased by it. Delay in payment, forced CCL to curtail coal supply to the power unit. TTPS is getting limited coal stock against the daily requirement of 7000 tonnes coal for power production.

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TTPS is the power unit of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) situated in Lalpania under Gomia Block of the district. TVNL supply its entire power to Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) which distributes it across the state including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and others. Affect in production of TTPS would bring power crisis in these areas.
According to a senior TTPS official, the problem related to coal crisis is persisting since February after CCL curtailed coal supply demanding dues. This forced to shut down production in one of the unit. The power generation dipped to almost half. 

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The coals were transported to TTPS from Tapin, Kedla and Puraj collieries of Ramgarh and Amlo and Kalyani collieries of Bermo. An official said that CCL had several times asked TVNL to clear the outstanding amount. But TVNL finds itself helpless as it is yet to receive Rs 3400 crore from JUVNL.
Sources said that TTPS and state government several times approached CCL to reconcile of the issue, but the coal company not shown its interest. There is grading done by CIMPHER of the coal supplied to TTPS by CCL. Coal prices vary according to the grade certified by CIMPHER.
In the case of TTPS, CCL use to ignore the CIMPHER certification related to grading of coal purchased by it and charge exorbitant price from it which led to the dispute. However Kulkarni said the government has initiated talks with CCL to solve the issue to ensure regular supply of coals to the power plants.

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Sources said, that if coal supply would not be stored soon, it would deepen the problem in monsoon days when coal production in mines remained affected due to rain. Majority of power plants used to stock coals to ensure smooth power production during rainy season. It will more difficult for TTPS to stock coal at a time when it is not getting sufficient coal in summer

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