Higher coal availability from Coal India helps to increase power generation in May
Higher coal availability from Coal India in May 2012 has helped increase in coal based power generation by 12.5% year-on-year, off-setting 16% year-on-year decline in gas based power generation and 12% decline in hydro generation. Overall generation of power increased by 5.1% to 78.9 billion units.
This higher generation was mainly due to higher generation of NTPC and other private utilities. NTPC. NTPC’s y-o-y generation in May 2012 increased by 11% y-o-y while that of private utilities increased by 42%.
NTPC’s generation mainly increased due to capacity addition at Simhadri and Sipat plants and higher plant load factor (PLF) or higher capacity utilization.
In the private sector, Lanco Infratech’s generated increased 17% y-o-y, mainly due to higher capacity utilization (90% in May 12 versus 74% in April 12). Among other big power utilities, Tata Power’s Mundra plant Unit I(800 MW) which became operational in March 12, operated at 85% PLF and Maithon Unit I (525 MW) operated at 55%. Adani Power has started generation at its ninth unit and now has reached 4620 MW. Reliance Power’s Rosa Plant (660 MW) plant operated at around 76% PLF.