K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited has maintained that there will not be any interruption in power supply in the Telangana state as all the thermal stations of the Telangana state has sufficient coal stocks for at least another five days of power generation activities.
Similarly, the Singareni is taking all measures to supply the coal to all the thermal power stations having coal linkage with the company by ensuring that there was a supply of daily 34 railway rakes of coal. In the wake of the increasing demand for power and shortage of coal supply in the country, the Singareni directors S Chandrashekhar (operations) and N Balaram (finance, project and planning) had conducted a video conference with the area general managers to review the coal production.
On this occasion, the Singareni directors stated that the coal production had declined following the incessant rains. However, they were taking all measures to excavate about 1.9 lakh tonnes of coal per day during the month of October and increase the dispatches to at least 34 railway rakes per day.
Following the demand for coal in the country, the directors instructed the concerned area general managers to increase the dispatches. The officials were informed to dispatch 7 rakes each from Kothagudem and Ramadundam-2 areas, five each from Yellandu, Srimrapur and Manuguru, three from Mandamarri and one each from Ramagundam-1 and Bellampalli to the thermal power stations having linkage with Singareni.
The thermal power plants having coal linkage – fuel supply agreement (FSA) with all units of TSGenco, Muddanuru of AP Genco, Parli of Maha-Genco, Raichur KPCL of Karnataka, Mettur of TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu), NTPC Ramagundam and Singareni thermal power station at Jaipur in Mancherial district and the plants having bridge linkage such as VTPS in Andhra Pradesh, Koradi in Maharashtra, NTPC Solapur in Maharashtra, Ermarus in Karnataka would be supplied coal as per the agreements with them, the directors stated.
The director also stated that 86 per cent of the 1.5 lakh tonnes of coal extracted every day was being supplied to the thermal power stations. In spite of rains that hampered coal production, the Singareni had dispatched 271.46 lakh tonnes of coal (99.24 per cent) against the 273.54 lakh tonnes target to the power stations. The Directors also instructed the area general managers to take all measures to achieve the target of producing 70 million tonnes of coal production during this financial year. Executive Director (coal movement) J Allwyn, General manager (coordination) K Suryanarayana, general manager (marketing) K Ravishankar and others were also present.