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The state energy department has lashed out at Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a Coal India subsidiary, over inferior and inconsistent coal supplies to Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), the

Odisha and Kerala are set to tie up for setting up a 1,000 MW pit-head coal-fired power plant close to the Baitarani west coal block under Talcher coalfields in Angul district. The power project is estimated to cost Rs 4,500 - Rs 5000 crore.

The Baitarani west coal block with reserve of 600 million tonnes has been jointly allocated to Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), Gujarat Power Corporation (GPC) and Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).

As the CBI continues to probe into the captive coal block allotment scam, Orissa forest department has recommended that nine coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited be closed for operating withou

ANGUL: In a bid to curb frequent strikes in Talcher coalfields, the State Government on Sunday invoked Orissa Essential Service (Maintenance) Act (OESMA) in the coalfield area for six months.

ANGUL: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, often accused of low supply of coal, is now facing problems in stocking coal which is accumulating at its railway sidings in Talcher Coalfields.

With unavailability of coal posing hurdle to 1320 Mw expansion plan of Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), the only state-owned thermal power generator, the state government has sought interim coal linkage from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) from its Basundhara group of mines.

The government has requested MCL to provide interim coal requirement to the tune of 16 million tonnes to OPGC to feed two new units of 660 Mw each over a period of three years from the Basundhara group of mines beginning from the later part of 2016-17, when the expansion project is expected to go on stream.

Even as the State and country are reeling under acute power shortage, the 3,000 MW NTPC-Kaniha power plant has regulated its power generation due to less supply of coal.

At a time when the whole country including Odisha is reeling under acute power shortage, the 3000 Mw power plant of National thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Kaniha, the second largest power station in India, is forced to regulate generation due to less supply of coal.

According to sources, the power plant is in supercritical state having a coal stock for one day only as against the normal 15 days stock. There were 3.5 million tonnes of coal at its stock yard on April 1. But due to short supply of coal from Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL), the stock has depleted to a level of just “hand to mouth”, forcing the company to slash generation from its six 500 Mw units.

Coal India has introduced a one-time offer that allows power utilities to lift the fuel directly from mines.

The scheme is available for independent power producers drawing coal under fuel supply agreements (FSAs) as well. “A one-time offer is being made to all power utilities drawing coal under the FSA during 2012-13 to lift the coal, which is held in the stocks on ‘as is where is' basis with the stipulation that the power stations will make their own evacuation arrangement,” CIL has said in a notice. This is the first time Coal India has initiated such a move.

The joint team of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and the district administration on Monday visited the Lajkura open cast project of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).

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