NTPC-Kaniha fights coal shortage; power generation likely to get affected

Angul: The Kaniha power plant of NTPC is facing severe coal crisis and it is likely to affect the plant’s power generation capacity in the coming days, said reports.

While the 3,000 mega watt plant requires 55,000 metric tonne (MT) coal daily to run its six units, it is getting only around 40,000 MT.

To run its six 500 mega watt (MW) capacity units, the plant is currently using coal from its stock, said sources.

It is feared, if the supply of coal does not improve soon, power generation at the plant will get adversely affected.

It is worth mentioning that the NTPC plant supplies electricity to 17 states including Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Earlier in March 2017, power generation had dipped to around 2,700 MW per day against 3,000 MW due to short supply of coal. This forced the plant then to cut supply to Odisha by 70 MW per day.