Coal Shortage at NTPC Kaniha due to strike

Kaniha: The strike call by Talcher Surakshya Mancha with effect from 11th January 2019 against non-compliance by MCL of their demand has stopped coal extraction and transport from all mines of Talcher area including TSTPS linked mines Lingaraj and Kaniha – owned by Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).

As a result, coal transport through rail to the 3000 MW NTPC, Talcher Super Thermal Power Station (TSTPS) is totally affected. The protestors have also stopped coal rakes coming from other sources like IB valley, Import coal from Paradip, ECL by blocking the exchange yard track at Bantol village and at NH-Gate track near Lingaraj Loading siding.

It is further to mention that coal supply to Talcher Super Thermal Power Station has already been interrupted for 48 hours on 8th & 9th January 2019 because of 2 days nationwide strike called by All India Trade Unions.

During this ongoing strike since 11th January 2019 station is managing to generate to its full capacity to meet the grid demand with the available coal stock. The situation cannot last long and station generation would be substantially reduced or even outages may become necessary if the strike continues for long.

Talcher Super Thermal Power Station is a coal pit head Power plant and its daily coal requirement is 55,000 MT. Power generated from this plant fulfils the power demand of Odisha state as well as other states in East and South India. The beneficiaries would be deprived of cheaper power from this pit head station and may have to suffer huge demand-supply gap,if TSTPS reduces its generation on account of shortage of coal supply.

NTPC management is also following up with appropriate levels of state administration and higher officials of MCL for an early resolution of the present crisis.

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