Sambalpur: In the backdrop of a low coal stock situation at thermal power plants, PK Sinha, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), urged the coal mining PSU's employees to ensure that there is adequate coal supply to the power sector. Emphasising on the need to optimise production and despatch performance in view of the rising coal demand, Sinha told MCL employees, "We have the responsibility to ensure thermal power plants get adequate coal supply."
The MCL CMD visited the PSU's mega project Bhubaneswari OCP (28 MTPY) and Lingaraj OCP (13.5 MTPY) in Talcher coalfields on Monday.
The CMD, who was briefed on coal mining and dispatch operations in the mines by respective General Managers, also interacted with the field teams. He appreciated spirited efforts by teams at both Bhubaneswari OCP and Lingaraj OCP projects, which have registered more than 125 percent growth in coal production as on date during the current financial year, said an official statement.
He also inspected the newly-commissioned Lingaraj railway siding, which has enabled the dispatch of three to four additional rakes to power plants. He was accompanied by OP Singh, Director (Technical/Operations) of MCL, during his visit.
To maximise coal supply to consumers, the top management of MCL have reached out to operational areas and projects to ensure quick decision-making and support to field teams. Despite unprecedented heavy rains, the company has ensured double digit growth in coal production and despatch during the current fiscal, maintaining growth in coal production and despatch to meet the rising fuel demand.
MCL has mining operations spread over Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Angul districts of Odisha.