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Ample coal stocks for power sector, assures Centre amid shortage fears: 10 points

Power generation companies have been asked to supply electricity requisitioned by Delhi discoms. (REUTERS)Premium
Power generation companies have been asked to supply electricity requisitioned by Delhi discoms. (REUTERS)

  • The coal stock at power plants' end is about 72 lakh tonnes, sufficient for four days requirement, and that the Coal India Ltd (CIL) end is more than 400 lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to power plants, the coal ministry said
  • The Centre added that Delhi will get ‘as much power as they have requisitioned’

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As energy shortage concerns loom, the coal ministry on Sunday assured that sufficient dry-fuel is available in the country to meet the demand of electricity generating plants and stressed that any fear of disruption in power supply is “entirely misplaced."

"The ministry of coal reassures that ample coal is available in the country to meet the demand of power plants. Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced," the ministry said in a statement. 

Furthermore, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi tweeted: "Reviewed coal production & supply situation in the country. Assuring everyone that there is absolutely no threat of disruption in power supply. There is sufficient coal stock of 43 million tonnes with @CoalIndiaHQ equivalent to 24 days coal demand." 

Here are 10 points on the ongoing coal shortage fears looming the country: 

1) As per data, power consumption dipped by nearly 2% or by 72 million units (MU) to 3,828 MU on Saturday compared to 3,900 MU on Friday, showing slight improvement in the supply situation across the country amid the coal shortage crisis, according to the power ministry data. 

3) According to the data, the power consumption of 3,900 MU on Friday or October 8 was the highest this month so far (from October 1 to 9), which also became a cause of concern among the ongoing coal shortage crisis in the country. The peak power demand met or the highest electricity supply in day touched 172.41GW on October 8. This is the highest peak power demand met from October 1 to 9. 

4) The coal stock at power plants' end is about 72 lakh tonnes, sufficient for four days requirement, and that the Coal India Ltd (CIL) end is more than 400 lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to power plants, the coal ministry said.

5)The domestic coal-based power generation has grown by nearly 24 per cent this year (till September) based on a robust supply from the coal companies. The daily average coal requirement at the power plants is about 18.5 lakh tonnes of coal per day whereas the daily coal supply has been around 17.5 lakh tonnes per day. 

6)"Due to extended monsoons the despatches were constrained. The coal available at the power plants is a rolling stock which gets replenished by the supplies from the coal companies on a daily basis. Therefore, any fear of coal stocks depleting at the power plant end is erroneous," it said. 

7)In fact this year, domestic coal supply has substituted imports by a substantial measure. "Despite heavy rains in the coal field areas, CIL has supplied more than 255 MT (million tonnes) coal to power sector in this year which is the highest ever H-1 supply from CIL to power sector," it said. 

8) Union Power, New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh reviewed the coal stock position in all thermal power plants including those plants which are supplying power to distribution companies of Delhi. He added that the power distribution companies of the national capital will get ‘as much power as they have requisitioned.’

9)Out of the total coal supply from all sources, present coal supply from CIL to power sector is more than 14 lakh tonnes per day and with the receding rains, this supply has already increased to 15 lakh tonnes and is set to increase to more than 16 lakh tonnes per day by the end of this month. 

10)The supply from SCCL and captive coal blocks shall contribute to another 3 lakh plus tonnes of coal every day. Domestic coal supplies have supported power generation in a major way despite heavy monsoons, low coal imports and a steep hike in power demand due to economic recovery. It is expected that coal supplies are set to be a record high in the current financial year. 

11)Due to high international prices of coal, supply of power even under power purchase agreements (PPAs) by import-based power plants has reduced by almost 30 per cent while domestic-based power supply has gone up nearly 24 per cent in first half of this year. The imported coal-based power plants have generated about 25.6 BU against a programme of 45.7 BU.

 

 

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