Coal shortage hitting power generation in Maharashtra

Aug 04 2014, 01:28 IST
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SummaryState-owned Maharashtra State Power Generating Company ( Mahagenco) has temporarily shut down five of its 210-mw coal-fired power generation units due to fuel shortage.

State-owned Maharashtra State Power Generating Company ( Mahagenco) has temporarily shut down five of its 210-mw coal-fired power generation units due to fuel shortage.

“Five 210-mw units of our plants like Turadi and Parli are closed due to coal shortage,” Mahagenco managing director Asheesh Sharma told Fe on Friday, on the sidelines of the 15th Regulators and Policymakers Retreat being held by Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI). The power generation capacity of the five units — 1,050 mw — make up for about 12% of the total power generation capacity of Mahagenco, which is the country’s second largest power generator after NTPC.

Sharma’s statement comes at a time when uncertainty continues to hover over coal availability for an under-construction 3,000-mw power plant, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year.

Maharashtra gets bulk of its coal supplies for

power generation from Odisha. Mahagenco’s other plants coal stocks are also running low.

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