NTPC finally makes it as integrated power company with own coal mining

After years of delay India’s largest generation utility NTPC on Thursday finally realised its coal mining dream, putting on track efforts to secure fuel supplies and transform into an integrated power company.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, at a function held in Ranchi, flagged off the rake carrying the first consignemnt of coal produced by the company from its Pakri Barwadih mine in the state. Initially, coal from this block will go to the cmpany’s Barh plant in Bihar.

Being a thermal power generator, NTPC is hugely dependent on coal. It has 19 coal-fired power stations, which consumed 161 million tonne of the dry fuel in 2015-16. Absence of captive coal mining has, thus, been a weak link in the company’s corporate architecture so far.

The NTPC management knew this only too well as low coal stock at generation units and not knowing when the next rake was coming underlined the vulnerability during the days of fuel shortage plaguing the power sector till 2014.

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