UNIT – 2 OF OPGC SHUTS DOWN DUE TO COAL SHORTAGE

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JHARSUGUDA: The Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) shut down its Unit-2 (210MW) of OPGC-1 thermal power generation unit at Banharpalli in Jharsuguda on Sunday late night due to shortage of coal supplies.

OPGC Spokesperson, Dilip Kumar Panda said that “Since one month we are receiving only 10,000 -12,000MT of coal as against our daily required quantity of 24,000MT to run our all four units together.”

“Presently we are using the coal from our coal stock, but with a bulk of stock exhausted, we had no option but to shut down the Unit-2 (210MW) of OPGC-1 unit of the plant.”

In this regard, Jharsuguda District Collector had convened a meeting on Sunday evening with the senior officials of MCL and OPGC and directed to ensure the supply of the required coal to OPGC.

Jharsuguda District Collector Saroj Kumar Samal said that “We have asked Mahanadi Coalfields Limited to immediately maximise the production of coal from its Lakhanpur Mines and supply the major share of coal to OPGC. Additionally, Jharsuguda Sub Collector has visited Lakhanpur Mines and Siding of MCL on Monday. However, we have asked OPGC officials to also explore possibilities to tie up with other mines of MCL.”

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