The local Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant unit of the Employees Federation of Punjab State Electricity Board has alleged that the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) suffered losses of crores of rupees due to variations in results of the analysis of coal samples conducted at Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat (Bathinda).
In a statement, federation unit president Harmesh Dhiman stated that during the analysis of coal supplied by Panem Coal Mines Limited to the three thermal plants from 2008 to July 2010, the coal grades remains almost the same. But after July 2012, the Lehra Mohabbat plant started showing variations in the analysis results; the average coal grade, which was earlier 'D' grade, was lowered to the average 'E'.
He said Panem challenged the results of 'E' grade samples. These samples were then tested in a third-party laboratory and the 'E' grade samples were declared 'B' and 'C' grades. Due to this, the PSPCL had to suffer losses of crores of rupees as it had to make payment to Panem as per the upper grade coal, Dhiman said adding that after this the company had made it a habit of challenging the results of the analysis of lower grade coal samples.
He also condemned the PSPCL management for transferring officials of concerned department without inquiring the whole matter, which is wrong precedent. Dhiman demanded that the transfers of these officials must be stopped.
When contacted, Lehra Mohabbat plant chief engineer MR Parhar said Panem had challenged the result of analysis of coal samples conducted at the thermal plan about two years back and referee samples were tested in the Third party laboratory. However, the PSPCL had not made any payment to Panem as per the grade of coal found during the testing by the third party laboratory.
He said the company had also challenged some results of analysis during last five-six months,which had not been sent for testing to third party laboratory so far as quotations of rates had been sought from various laboratories for the testing of coal.