500MW Coal-Fired Power Plant In Madhya Pradesh Trips Adding To Power Crisis

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Madhya Pradesh’s highest power demand is 10,300 MW, an official said (representative)

Bhopal:

A coal-fired unit of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited (MPPGCL) collapsed on the eve of Dussehra, adding to the problems for the state where thermal power plants are reported to be facing fuel shortages, a senior official said today.

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Manjit Singh, managing director of MPPGCL, told PTI that a 500-megawatt plant at the Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station in Umaria district of the state collapsed after a tube leaked late Thursday night.

Coal shortages have hit nearly a thousand megawatts of thermal power generation in the state, he said, adding that now 10 coal was coming to the state every day for its thermal power plants, which is less than the standard 15 racks, but better than seven racks a couple of days ago.

Singh said each rack brings about 4,000 tonnes of coal, supplied by the state from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) and Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL).

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He said MPPGCL’s thermal and hydropower plants have a generating capacity of 5,400,000 MW and 455 MW, respectively, and are currently generating about 2,500 MW and 550 MW respectively.

While people in rural areas have been complaining about power connections, another MPPPMCL official has explicitly claimed that no part of the state is facing “declared power connections”.

Vivek Porwal, managing director of MPPPMCL, could not be reached despite repeated calls to get information about the power crisis in the state.

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Another official said the state’s maximum power demand is 10,300 MW.

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