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Adequate coal stock available, says government, fears of power disruption ‘false’

Coal Ministry has said that the possibility of power failure in the country is wrong

Amid rising prospects of power shutdown in many parts of the country due to severe shortfall in coal supply to several states, the government on Sunday assured that sufficient dry fuel stocks are available to meet the demand of power plants and avoid disruption. The apprehension is “totally wrong” “

In an attempt to allay the apprehensions of several states, which are left with dry fuel stockpiles for a few days, the Coal Ministry in a statement said adequate supply is available in the country and “any fear of disruption in power supply will be met”. Kind of wrong. The coal stock at the power plant end is around 7.2 million tonnes, enough for four days’ requirement, and over 400 lakh tonnes at the Coal India Limited (CIL) end, which is being supplied to the power plants. .

The daily dry fuel requirement of power plants is around 18 lakh tonnes, while the daily supply of coal is 17 lakh tonnes, the ministry said, adding that due to prolonged monsoon, the supply to the plants was affected even though coal was available. . There is a rolling stock with power plants, meaning it fills up on a daily basis and so “any fear of depleting coal stocks at the end of the plant is misplaced”.

The Coal Ministry in fact said that the domestic dry fuel supply during the current financial year has substantially exceeded the imports.

“Based on strong supply from coal companies, this year (up to September 2021) the domestic coal-based power generation has grown by about 24 per cent,” the ministry said.

Despite prolonged rains, which affected coal bearing areas, CIL managed to supply over 255 million tonnes of dry fuel to the power sector, the “highest” supply to the power sector in the first half.

Out of the total coal supply from all sources, the current coal supply from CIL to the power sector is more than 14 lakh tonnes per day and with the declining rainfall, this supply has already increased to 15 lakh tonnes and is expected to increase to more than that. ready for. The ministry claimed 1.6 million tonnes per day by the end of October 2021.

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