TANGEDCO to resume import of coal for power generation

Last Modified: Sun Oct 07 2018 09:06:26 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 21 million tonnes
    annual requirement of coal for all of the thermal units operated by Tamil Nadu's genco - TANGEDCO.
  • 5.5 million tonnes
    Amount of coal that TANGEDCO used to import annually mostly from Indonesia up until 2016.
  • Dec 2016
    MoU signed with Singareni Coal Mines to procure high grade coal for its thermal units. The MoU marks the beginning of the import substitution of coal and in another three months, Tangedco plans to put a stop to the total import of coal.
  • 3.992 million tonnes
    Coal imported by Tangedco in FY17, i.e. Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 as against the 5.50 million tonnes that it planned to import from Indonesia.
  • 2.75 million tonnes
    Amount of coal that TANGEDCO will import starting Oct 2018 through rest of the fiscal year to tide over acute coal shortage on the one hand and increase in demand for power on the other.
  • 14,500 MW
    Average demand for power all through Sep 2018 compared to 12,500 in 2017. This is one of the primary reasons demand for coal has increased.
  • 50%
    of full generation capacity that TANGEDCO's plants are operating at currently. In first week of Oct 2018, Tuticorin units had coal stock to the extent of 3 days while some other units were as low as 1-2 days.
  • 7
    Number of rakes in use to transport coal to TANGEDCO's plant as against the required 20 during most of Sept 2018 - this is what is leading to coal shortage. Tamil Nadu receives coal mostly from Ib Valley in Odisha, Mahanadi in Chattisgarh, and Raniganj in West Bengal. Bad weather has been cited as a reason for the shortfall in supplies from Ib Valley.
  • 750,000 tonnes
    Amount of imported coal already in transit. 150,000 tonnes will arrive at the Ennore port, which will be used by North Chennai and Mettur units. 600,000 tonnes of coal will be imported through Tuticorin for the Tuticorin thermal unit.
  • 2 million tonnes
    to be imported between Nov 2018 and May 2019. A total of 26 shipments will supply 20 lakh tonnes that will come in Panamax vessels.