MoU signed with two major coal companies for coal quality assessment
Bhopal, August 3, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company (MPPGC) has got two major achievements. It has got bridge coal linkage for two under construction units with capacity of 660 MW, part of the second phase of Mr. Singaji Thermal Power Project, from Western Coalfield Ltd. It will pave the way for starting of power production in the year 2018 from the units. Coal Linkage Committee of the Ministry of Coal, in its recent meeting in New Delhi, decided to sanction coal linkage for the second phase of the thermal power project. MP Power Generating Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Western Coalfield Ltd (WCL), South Eastern Coalfield Ltd (SECL) and Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) Dhanbad for coal quality assessment. Executive Director (fuel management) of MP Power Generating Company AK Sankule signed the MoU.Principal Secretary, energy, IPC Kesri has greeted the company for coal linkage for the second phase of the project and ensuring coal quality. The CIMFR is a leading institute in mining, coal and fuel research in the country and constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Reasearch. To ensure transparency in assessment of coal quality, the power generating company has assigned CIMFR as a sampling agency for all its thermal power units. Quality of the coal being supplied to thermal power units of the company will be ensured fully after appointment of bilateral coal quality assessment agencies.
It will ensure actual production capacity of thermal power units as well. Four major Thermal power plants of the company – Satpura Sarni, Sri Singaji Khnadwa, Amarkantak Chachai and Sanjay Gandhi Birsinghpur – are getting regular coal supply from WCL and SECL. Difference between coal companies and generating company have been emerged on coal quality and the latter has been incurring loss in absence of transparency in assessment of coal quality. Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Energy have issued instructions to Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad as a coal seller and Power Generating Company as a buyer to appoint sampling collection and coal quality assessment agency at loading points at coal sites.