Meanwhile, the efforts of streamlining the coal testing procedure at its thermal plants are yielding result. PANEM supplied 55 coal rakes at Ropar thermal in February. During testing at thermal plant it was found that 39 rakes were of E grade, 10 of D grade and 6 of F grade.
According to official sources, there are still chances of improvement. The coal sampling needs to be given to competent persons. There is a staff shortage in testing laboratories at thermal plants.
According to sources, PSPCL is planning to outsource the coal testing to a private party. A party has reportedly given its consent to do third party testing. The move to outsource the coal testing may prove costly for the utility.
Coal India (CIL) is also the other major coal supplier to the Ropar thermal plant. It dispatched more than 408200 metric tons of coal in February. Coal India has requested the PSPCL authorities for deputing the staff at coal loading end for joint sampling for testing purpose.
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