As reported, the main reasons to shut down the power stations are the delays in a coal import tender floated by the trading company MMTC.

An official of NTPC is quoted by The Hindu Business Line as saying: “Some units of projects in the Eastern region have been shut down due to lack of coal. We are looking at alternatives.”

Due to the delay in fuel imports, both the power projects had been forced to operate at around 50% plant load factor (PLF) during the last couple of months.

According to official data, NTPC witnessed a loss of generation of 1,357 million units at its power stations during September 2009. In this month, the Kahalgaon and Farakka power plants operated at PLF of 45.43% and 51.78% respectively.

NTPC now plans to import coal directly from the next financial year.