Coal ministry rejects Nalco’s claim of fuel supply shortage

Rejecting Nalco’s claim that three units of the PSU’s captive power plants were shut due to fuel shortage, the coal ministry today said there is ample dispatch of coal to the PSU which has a regular supply of 4.7 MTPA dry fuel, more than the committed quantity by Coal India.

“It is stated that contrary to the recent media news, attributing the closure of three units of Nalco’s captive power plant due to shortage of coal leading to curtailment of aluminium production, the ground reality is totally different,” the Coal Ministry said in a statement.

The supply of fuel to the National Aluminium Company Ltd is mainly from Bharatpur opencast mines of Talcher coalfield of MCL (Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd) — a Coal India arm, the ministry said, adding that in case of shortage of supply of coal from this mine the balance quantity of fossil fuel is supplied from other opencast mines of Talcher Coalfields.

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