Bhubaneswar: The State Government has requested the Ministry of Coal for a tapering linkage to meet the raw material requirement of the Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) for generation of 1320 MW of thermal electricity on Tuesday, after reviewing the progress of the third and fourth units of the state-run corporation.

Tapering linkage is the short-term linkage which is provided to those coal consumers who have been allocated captive coal blocks for meeting the coal requirements of their linked end use plants (EUPs) in such cases where the production of coal from these blocks does not synchronize with the requirement of the EUPs.

Stating that construction work for the OPGC’s third and fourth units having capacity of 660 MW each would begin by the end of 2012, B K Patnaik, Chief Secretary, said that the state-owned corporation would require coal linkage as its captive coal block was unlikely to be operational within stipulated time.

OPGC’s expansion project is likely to be commissioned by 2016-17 within the 12th plan period.

The power generating public sector unit has been allocated coal block at Manohrapur and dip-side Manoharpur in Sundargarh district to meet the requirement of the OPGC’s third and fourth units.

However, the allocated coal blocks by the Ministry of Coal it could not develop, as the area was initially categorised as “No Go” zone by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The Ministry has meanwhile changed its category to “Go” zone in June last year, sources said.