Bhubaneswar: Central-sector National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has shut down three units of its captive power plant (CCP) in Angul for want of coal. Nalco has set up a 1200 MW (10x120MW) CPP for its aluminium smelter.

” I will take up the matter with the coal ministry”, assured the state energy minister Prafulla Mallick.

A Nalco official told India Whispers that CPP management had to stopped generations from three of its unit for shortage of coal. The  plant is getting 13,000 tonnes of coal per day as against the requirement of 17,500 tonnes from the Bharatpur mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.(MCL). According to him, the company has only 70,000 tonnes of coal in the stock, which will meet the requirement of six days, while it has the provision of stocking 5 lakh toones of coal.

Nalso is able to operate 875 of the 980 pots of its smelter due to shortage of power. The company is borrowing about 120MW power from the state grid.