State seeks tapering coal linkage for OPGC expansion plan

Bhubaneswar: All set to place order for the Boiler Turbine Generator (BTG) by August for the proposed expansion plan of Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), the state government has sought a tapering linkage to meet raw material requirement for generation of 1320 MW of thermal electricity, official sources said.

"We have written a letter to the Ministry of Coal requesting it to provide tapering linkage for OPGC expansion plan," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters here after reviewing progress of the OPGC`s expansion project today.

Stating that construction work for the OPGC`s 3rd and 4th units having capacity of 660 MW each would begin by the end of 2012, the official said that the state-owned corporation would require coal linkage as its captive coal block was unlikely to be operational within stipulated time.

OPGC`s expansion project was likely to be commissioned by 2016-17 within the 12th plan period.

The power generating public sector has been allocated coal block at Manohapur and Manoharpur in Sundergarh district to meet the requirement of the OPGC`s 3rd and 4th units.

However, the allocated coal block could not be developed as the area was initially categorised as "No Go" zone by the ministry of environment and forest. The ministry has meanwhile changed its category to "Go" zone in June last year, sources said.