There are as many as 11 thermal power generating units with total generation capacity of 4730 MW and involving an investment of Rs 24,000 crore which operate at half of their capacity mainly due to non-availability of coal. It may be recalled here that during the last 16 months, 59 new power generating units were commissioned in the country but fuel supply problem, railway infrastructure problem and transmission constraints have kept many of them idle or have forced them to operate below their installed capacity.
Though the Power Ministry claims to have been in constant touch with the Coal Ministry, there is nothing much change in the situation on the ground. Thus, a country which is facing acute peak hour shortage is letting the precious installed capacity remain idle.
|Station||Unit No.||Capacity (MW)||Cumulative PLF %||Reason of outage|
|INDIRA GANDHI STPP||3||500||47.20||Reserve shut down *|
|MAHATMA GANDHI TPS||2||660||29.56||Reserve shut down|
|KAWAI TPS||1||660||35.36||Reserve shut down|
|BINA TPS||1||250||29.39||Reserve shut down|
|BINA TPS||2||250||19.00||Reserve shut down|
|MAHAN TPP||1||600||1.93||Coal Problem as there is no tapering Linkage|
|MAUDA TPS||1||500||1.04||Railway infrastructure problem|
|TIRORA TPS||2||660||21.18||Reserve shut down|
|THAMMINAPATNAM TPS||1||150||49.67||Transmission Constraints|
|THAMMINAPATNAM TPS||2||150||40.23||Transmission Constraints|
|* Reserve shut down: Non-utilisation of available units due to their complete shutdown for want of load.|