Ranchi: NTPC Coal Mining stands to its commitment of increasing coal production and consistent quality fuel supply to NTPC power plants. With a coal production of 12.24 Million Metric Tonnes till Nov’22 in this fiscal compared with 8.27 Million Metric Tonnes of coal production in the same period of previous year, NTPC has portrayed a phenomenal a year-on-year production growth of 48%. The four operational coal mines viz. Pakri-Barwadih (Jharkhand), Chatti Bariatu (Jharkhand), Dulanga (Odisha) and Talaipalli (Chhattisgarh) have contributed to accomplish the highest ever monthly coal production of 20.47 Lakh Metric Tonnes in November’22 since inception. Leading from the front, in Nov ’22, Pakri Barwadih coal mine has also achieved the highest ever coal production of 12.24 Lakh Metric Tonnes for a month since start. So far, the captive mines have delivered 58.42 Million Metric Tonnes of coal to more than 22 power plants of NTPC.
Along with this coal production, NTPC has also attained the highest ever monthly overburden removal of 83.49 Lakh cubic meter.
The celebrated journey of NTPC coal mining has peregrinate myriad roadblocks of land acquisition, rehabilitation & resettlement, agitation by local villagers, etc. with formidable leadership, spirited workforce, and patronizing District & State Administration. Owing to the support, on November 21, 2022, NTPC commenced coal transportation to Lara Super Thermal Power Project in Chhattisgarh through the dedicated Merry-Go-Round (MGR) system from its Talaipalli Mine. This 65 Km long MGR traverses through many villages in hilly terrain and forest areas. This engineering marvel will be able to maintain a smooth, environment friendly and uninterrupted coal transportation.
On November 15, 2022, Chatti-Bariatu Mine of NTPC dispatched its first coal to North Karanpura Thermal Power Plant of NTPC. The availability of coal from the vicinity will allow cheaper electricity generation and 25% of the electricity generated will be allocated for Jharkhand state.
NTPC is hell-bent in setting the industry benchmark for safe and environment friendly mines. After the in-house development of e-SMP (Digital Safety Management plan) and its successful implementation in all the coal mines of NTPC, projects like “Integrated coal management system” and “safety mobile app” are in the pipeline. The working areas are equipped with dust suppression and water-sprinkling systems. The monitoring of emissions, SOx, NOx, particulate matters, etc. are being done continuously, and tree plantation is being done at all available opportunities. Electrically operated Heavy Earth Moving Machinery HEMMs have also been introduced in the mines.
As wise men say – consistency is what transforms average into excellence. NTPC Coal Mining has delivered against all odds and shall continue to ensure supply of coal of consistent quality & size to its power plants for delivery of cheap and uninterrupted power to the stakeholders.