NTPC’s thermal power plants at Bihar’s Kahalgaon and West Bengal’s Farakka will not be facing any coal shortage this year, the coal ministry said in a statement on Friday. Coal for these power plants are sourced from Eastern Coalfields Limited’s (ECL) Rajmahal opencast project.
The statement from the coal ministry follows some media reports which said that these two plants may face coal shortage as ECL was having trouble to acquire land to expand the Rajmahal mine. The statement said that the acquisition process is being solved in stages with the help of Jharkhand state government and from July, Rajmahal’s Dahernangi patch and Bhadotola village would give ECL access to additional 27 million tonnes of coal.
Sources in ECL told FE that 50% of the required land at Bhadotola village has already been acquired and production is expected to begin from the end of June itself. At present, the demand of the two aforementioned power stations is met by 25,000 – 30,000 tonnes of coal supply from Rajmahal and remaining from ECL’s Raniganj coalfield in West Bengal through railways.
The 2,340 MW Kahalgaon plant requires 36,000 tonnes of the fuel everyday, and as on May 22, the plant had 4 days of coal in stock.