Sunday, June 10, 2018

CIL refutes allegation of coal shortage

‘Crisis at Nabha due to inept handling’

The claim of Nabha Power to shut down its 750 MW plant at Rajapura in Punjab due to inability of Coal India to offer coal is not true, a CIL official said.
The L&T group firm closed its Rajapura plant on June 3 stating that it was forced to take the decision due to shortage of coal supplied by the CIL.
The CIL official said Nabha Power should gear up lifting the allotted coal and rush it to its plant instead of blaming coal crisis for the shutdown of the plant.
The alleged crisis at the Nabha Power is the result of its own inept handling of coal procurement plans, as booking and lifting of additional coal allocated by CIL for the peak summer/paddy season was inordinately delayed, he said.

‘Priority attached’

CIL and railways have attached priority for movement of coal to the power stations of Punjab, particularly Nabha Power. As on June 8, as many as 27 rakes of coal are in transit for the plant, he said.
Coal for this plant is linked to SECL and supplies are in the level of 75% of contracted quantity due to logistic problems. It is a regular practice to meet coal requirement during summer and paddy seasons from other CIL subsidiaries.

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