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Home News Power Sector News Coal stocks at power plants dwindle to the level barely minimum

Coal stocks at power plants dwindle to the level barely minimum

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CoalCoal stocks at power plants on the eve of Diwali have dwindled to the level barely enough to light the nation for five days. Nine generating stations with a total capacity of 14,100 mw have zero stocks, and nearly 40% of them have fuel for not even four days. The total number of stations with coal stock less than a week is about 60% although Coal India Ltd (CIL) has supplied 10% extra fuel to the power sector and eastern railways has announced the highest-ever coal loading. The total national coal stock in power plants is 7.3 million tonnes, against the norm of about 22 million tonnes. Some 35 thermal power stations have stocks to last for hardly four days while 52 have stocks that will not last a week.

Inadequate power supply has led to rising of spot power prices and is worrying officials at the ministry. Power prices in the India Energy Exchange have just doubled from 2 per unit a fortnight ago to 4 per unit now.

This has worried the power ministry. "We are constantly reviewing the coal stock position at power plants and have written a letter to CIL asking them to improve stock positions," Union Power Secretary Uma Sankar told ET.

CIL chairman, S Narsing Rao said: "We are aware that stock positions have dwindled lately. However, we have supplied almost 98% of the annual contracted quantity of power plants. The deficit may be either due to higher consumption or less imports. There is also a possibility that some plants may have received more coal, some less but our overall supplies to the power sector is in line with the targets,"

According to the Central Electricity Authority, plants that have dwindling coal stock due to less imports include, Ramagundem Thermal Power plant (2600mw ) in Andhra Pradesh, Bokaro B TPS (630 mw) in Jharkhand, Talcher SPTS (3000 mw) in Orissa as well as Mejia TPS (2340 mw) and Sagardighi TPS (600 mw) in West Bengal.

As many 26 thermal power stations with a total installed capacity of 40,100 mw, about 41% of the total installed capacity in the country has received less coal from CIL, according to CEA. The entire capacity of Tamil Nadu has received less coal from CIL subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields, CEA said in its report.

Some 16,700 mw of capacity have used up more coal due to higher generation. These includes Suratgarh TPS (1,500 mw), Dardi TPS (1,820 mw), Singrauli TPS (2,000 mw), Unchahar TPS (1,050 mw), Rosa TPP (1,200 mw), Korba STPS (2,600 mw), Sanjay Gandhi TPS (1,340 mw), Chandrapur TPS (2,340) and Nasik TPS (630 mw) among others.

Source - TOI


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