Coal supply resumes, two private power plants to restart operations

25/11/2020 08:51 Coal

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Private plants faced coal shortage after freight trains were suspended by the central government over the stalemate with protesting farmers’ unions on resumption of passenger trains

Two of the three private power plants in Punjab are all set to start power generation as they have received coal supply after resumption of freight trains. However the two state-run thermal plants will not resume operations due to lack of demand.

Around 10 days ago, Punjab suspended operations of its last power plant in Lehra Mohabbat to save coal for emergency. The other plants were also shut down due to coal shortage. Private plants faced coal shortage after freight trains were suspended by the central government over the stalemate with protesting farmers’ unions on resumption of passenger trains.

Farmers’ unions, which had been blocking the rail tracks since October 1, lifted the blockade partially after over a month but announced that they would not allow movement of passenger trains. The Centre however, wanted rail tracks cleared for all trains, including passenger trains. Movement of trains resumed on Monday following which coal rakes stranded on the way to Punjab started reaching private and government-run power plants.

Officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) claimed that government-run power plants, including the 840 MW Ropar power plant, was shut down with over four days worth of coal stock on November 3 while the 920MW Lehra Mohabbat power plant, which can produce 220 LU of power per day, shut down its operations on Diwali evening with 1.3 days of coal stock..

Officials said two rakes are supposed to reach the Lehra thermal plant, following which the plant will have enough coal stock for two days. PSPCL officials plan to purchase more coal rakes and stock enough coal for seven days in both these plants, which remain closed in the winter due to lack of demand for power.

“Two Independent Power Plants (IPP)s of Punjab, including Talwandi Sabo Power Limited (TSPL), Banawali, Mansa and NPL Rajpura will resume power generation soon. We have not given them any instructions regarding the coal stock as they will manage it themselves,” said A Venu Parsad, PSPCL chairman-cum-managing director. Officials of the private plant, GVK Goindwal Sahib claimed to have received 14 rakes so far and said 54 more are in queue but the plant would remain suspended due to lack of demand.

 

source:energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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