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NTPC CMD visits NCL coal mine, seeks support for upcoming power stations

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New Delhi: The Chairman and Managing Director of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Gurdeep Singh, paid a visit to Nigahi coal mine of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) on January 12 that feeds NTPC Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station (STPS), India’s largest thermal power station.

Expressing satisfaction over the coal supply being made to its pithead thermal power plants by NCL, he urged NCL to extend its support to the upcoming power stations of NTPC, including Mauda Thermal Power Station (TPS) in Maharashtra under Flexi Utilisation of Domestic Coal scheme.

Presently, NCL has Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with three of the NTPC pit-head thermal power stations namely Vindhyachal STPS, Singrauli STPS and Rihand STPS and these power stations have sufficient stocks of coal. India’s largest power station, Vindhyachal STPS, that is fully fed by NCL coal, has 26 days coal stock against the normative requirement of 15 days. This power station is fed by NCL’s Nigahi and Dudhichua coal mines. Similarly, Singrauli STPS has 29 days of coal stock against the normative requirement of 15 days. Rihand STPS has 30 days of coal stock against the normative requirement of 15 days. The company also supplies 2.5 lakh tonnes of coal per month to NTPC Mauda, under STPS Flexi Utilisation of Domestic Coal scheme.

NCL, the flagship subsidiary of Coal India Limited, supplies more than 50 percent of its produced coal to NTPC power plants. The company has been entrusted with the responsibility to produce 100 million tonnes (mt) of coal in this fiscal. The off-take target of the company is 100.5 mt for the current fiscal. The company has produced 77.89 mt of coal so far, up 11 percent from the last year and the company’s coal off-take is 79.02 mt till date that is 7 percent higher than the off-take in the same period of the last fiscal. NCL contributes 15 percent of the national coal production and 10 percent power generation of the nation is met by NCL’s coal.

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