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Flooded lignite mines- Power generation of NLC will be affected

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Neyveli Lignite Corporation Power generation at three thermal units of the public sector Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) might be affected as floodwaters have entered two lignite mines, crimping the fuel supply, officials said on 24-11-2008.Since over 1,200 MW of electricity generated in Neyveli Lignite Corporation is fed into the southern power grid, the supply of energy to the other three south Indian states including Kerala and the union territory of Puducherry may also be affected.

Though the extent of the ensuing shortfall was not immediately clear, production could fall by at least 15 percent, they said.

Already reeling from a shortfall of roughly 1,400 MW, Tamil Nadu may see the power shortage worsening, resulting in additional load-shedding till the floodwater is pumped out, they added.Thirteen districts in Tamil Nadu have received incessant rainfall since Sunday afternoon.

Neyveli Lignite, situated at Neyveli  some 200 km south of state capital Chennai. Neyveli has the biggest open-cast Mechanised Lignite Mines in India, mining 24 million tonnes of lignite annually and power generating with installed capacity of 2490 MW of power.

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