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CIL raises coal supply to NTPC's Kahalgaon, Farakka power plants

New Delhi: State-owned CIL Wednesday said it has increased the coal supply to NTPC's Kahalgaon and Farakka power plants as the units were operating at higher than the targeted level, resulting in additional consumption of fuel.

Both the plants, put together, have generated 9.795 billion units (BU) against the target of 9.191 billion units during April-July 2018.

"Coal India Limited (CIL) is increasing its coal the thermal power plants (Kahalgaon and Farakka) of NTPC," it said in a statement.

Both Kahalgaon and Farakka power plants, it said, were operating at higher than the targeted level of generation during the current year, resulting in higher consumption of coal.

"Though, CIL is already supplying more than the contracted quantity of coal to these plants, efforts are being made to fulfil their increased requirement as well," the company said.

Meanwhile, the company has taken up the demand of Farakka and Kahalgaon on priority and efforts are on to maximise supplies to these STTPs (Super Thermal Power Projects) through non Rajmahal fields till normalcy is restored in Rajmahal. The company has already stepped up the supplies, and has supplied more than 45,000 tonnes of coal from Rajmahal and above 20,000 tonnes from non-Rajmahal fields to Farakka and Kahalgaon for maintaining their coal stock.

The number of plants having critical and super critical stocks reduced by almost a third to 11, as of August 30 2018, from that of 30 at the beginning of the fiscal.

Coal stock position at linkage based thermal power stations in the country stood at 14.69 million tonnes (MTs) as of the referred date.

In the northern region, only one power plant is listed as critical.

With majority of the plants of NTPC situated at the pit-heads and based on captive modes of transport of coal, there is no major issue for movement of coal, it said.

None of the thermal power plants (TPPs) of NTPC feature in the list of critical TPPs as per Central Electricity Authority (CEA) report of August 30, 2018.

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