The State is likely to get some relief from the power crisis in the coming days with the Centre reportedly asking the Coal India and Singareni Collieries Company managements to ensure supply of coal for generating 350 MW power to the fuel-starved thermal generation stations at Simhadri and Ramagundam.

Though the power utilities have not received any communication in this regard, the supply of additional coal would certainly give some relief by bridging the shortfall to the tune of 8 MU. It may, however, not help in overcoming the power shortage completely.

Two years ago, Orissa was a power-surplus state with Energy department officials boasting that they could in fact sell power to other states. Not any longer.

The Maharashtra government has sought the Centre’s intervention to get adequate coal supply from Coal India subsidiaries and Singareni Collieries.

What state-run Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) gets since November last year is 18 to 20 rakes a day — as against the daily domestic coal requirement of 24 rakes. The deficit from Western Coalfields is affecting the generation of the thermal generation plant with a capacity of 6,480 Mw. Mahagenco is losing daily generation of 1,000 Mw for want of coal.

Andhra Pradesh is on the verge of a near-complete power blackout. The thermal power stations are reeling under a severe shortage of coal supply and hydel power generation is yet to pick up due to poor rainfall. To make matters worse, workers at the Singareni Collieries Company Limited are set to go on strike from August 1.

State-owned Singareni Collieries Co Ltd has achieved financial closure for its proposed Rs 6,000-crore thermal power plant project coming up in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, marking a significant step in the coal miner's foray into power.

Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has agreed to provide the total debt component of Rs 4,000 crore for the proposed 2X600 MW power project, Mr S.

Hyderabad, Sept. 6: Singareni Collieries, the state-owned coal mining company, is battling for survival with most of its existing mines running out of coal and the environment ministry keeping clearances for new mines on hold.

Mines at Pinapaka, Gundala, Lingala, Bandala, Kuchinapalli and Mama-kannu are facing environmental issues.

July 15: Seeking hike in wages, the Bhupalpally- based Singareni Collieries Employees

April 29: On a host of pending issues, Bhupalpally based-Singareni Colliers Employees Union (SCEU), along with Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) and five other small unions have announced a three-day strike in first week of May.

Hyderabad, April 25: The fast depleting reserves of coal in the state have become a matter of worry for the industry. Recent reports indicate that coal reserves in the state will only last for another 20-30 years.

March 31: TRS politbureau member S. Madhusudana Chary, created a scene here at Singareni Collieries Company Ltd