Tamil Nadu: Tangedco has enough coal only for 4 more days | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: A global crisis that has triggered a shortage of coal in India has not spared Tamil Nadu. The state power utility Tangedco’s five thermal power stations at North Chennai, Tuticorin and Mettur have an average of just four days of coal stock left with them. Tangedco is in touch with the Union ministry of power and Coal India Limited (CIL) to ensure supply of the fuel.
Tangedco, NTECL Vallur and NTPL Tuticorin have fuel supply agreements with Coal India Limited. There has been a fall in supplies from CIL since September last week. “While the consumption of coal by all stations on Wednesday was 60,265 tonnes, we received only 36,255 tonnes. The total stock at the end of the day was 1.92 lakh tonnes, which could last only for a few days,” a source told TOI. “We are hopeful of managing the crisis as we expect better supply in the coming days, he said.
The stock in Tuticorin could last for 2.6 days, in Mettur for 3.4 days and in North Chennai for 2.2 days. With the daily supply still happening, though truncated, the plants can run for about four days. The dynamic management keeps the system going as renewable energy sources are coming in handy for the state. Hydropower generation shot up to 12 million units on Wednesday.
While the total generation capacity of Tangedco thermal units is 4,320MW, the coal requirement is 62,000 tonnes a day. At 100% (which is not practically possible) plant load factor, the discom would need 72,000 tonnes of coal per day. Blame it on China’s power crisis and its desperate attempt to tap all coal markets, import of coal has drastically dropped in India. The coal price has shot up in the international market and the firms that have signed up long and medium-term power sale contracts are unable to fulfil the commitments. They are getting half of the required supply and have cut down generation.
Tangedco is now purchasing about 20 million units of power per day from power exchange at rates ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 15 per unit. The average daily power consumption of Tamil Nadu is 290 million units. Since power consumption could fall during the next three months owing to drop in mercury level, power managers are confident of pulling on till January middle.
NTECL Vallur, a joint venture of NTPC Limited and Tangedco, private power producers like IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited’s coal-based power plant in Cuddalore, Mutiara Coastal Energen plant in Tuticorin, BALCO, DB Power Limited, KSK Mahanadi Power Company Limited and Jindal Power Limited have all been hit by coal shortage. “Coal India Limited is continuously monitoring it. The situation is precarious, especially this month. Tangedco is urging the Central agency to supply 64,000 tonnes a day but there is an average shortfall of 20,000 tonnes a day,” another official said. Mettur TPS requires 7.17 million tonnes of coal annually, while North Chennai TPS needs 10 million tonnes and Tuticorin 3.8 million tonnes.

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