AP Power Plants Function without Imported Coal
Yes, this is true. APGenco has not imported even a single tonne of coal from the overseas after March 2015, due to the fact that it could tie up domestic linkages for all thermal plants. Going by the reports, Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) located at Vijayawada and the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant at Kadapa do not require any coal that has to be imported from countries like Indonesia and Australia.
This information was cascaded by Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary of Energy. Jain spoke to the media lately and shared the snippets on power sector’s performance. He confirmed that APGenco was buying washed coal that contains low ash content, which is as good as imported coal of quality standards. This coal contributes to over 10 percent of the total requirement of all thermal plants in the present times. The remaining amount of coal is sourced from Coal India Limited and subsidiaries, he said.
Jain stated that investment of about Rs 1 Lakh Cr were committed towards generation, transmission and distribution in the coming five years. Top priority is being given to High Voltage distribution system that is being funded by the Rural Electrification Corporation Limited as well as Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).
The only exception to the above is the super-critical power plant under stabilization at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district, which requires 10 to 20 per cent of imported coal due to its high calorific value design.