Govt to regulate coal supply to plants with high coal stock; constitutes team to manage low coal stock

The government will for the next seven days regulate coal supply to power plants that have 14 days’ stock to meet requirements of projects that face low coal availability, an official statement said. As per data available with the Central Electricity Authority an unprecedented 89-Gw power plants are low on coal stock.

Union Power Secretary Alok Kumar took a meeting on Friday with the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Ministry of Coal to review the coal supply position considering the situation of low coal stocks in certain power plants. While the power industry has alleged less coal supply by

, the miner dispelled allegations saying it has enough coal.

“It was decided to constitute a Core Management Team (CMT) comprising of representatives from MOP, CEA and Coal India Limited (CIL) to ensure daily monitoring. The power plants have been intimated to send their requests for priority loading & coal supply issues at a centralised email, so as to enable taking up the matter with the concerned authorities,” the statement said.

The current situation of the lower coal stocks in certain thermal power plants is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Power. As per standard operating procedure the coal supply issues are taken up in the weekly meeting of Sub-group comprising of representatives from Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Ministry of Coal (MoC), Ministry of Power (MoP), Railways, Coal Companies and Power Utilities to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal, it saod.

It has also been decided that enhancement of production captive coal mines shall be directed to reduce dependence on coal supply from CIL. “Producing captive coal mines will be mapped with the inter-linked thermal power plants and coal supply to these TPPs may be reduced from CIL,” it said.

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After few days of monitoring another meeting has been scheduled to review and monitor the progress on August 31, 2021 at the level of Kumar, Coal Secretary and Member (Traffic), Railways.

The present low coal stocks in certain power stations are encountered due to various reasons including increase in power demand on account of opening up of the economy throughout the country and less generation from Hydro power plants which is currently being met by the coal based power generation.

The maximum peak demand of 200 GW was observed in July 2021 and now it is hovering around 192-193 GW. Historically, maximum demand is observed in the month of September, the statement said.



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