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Coal crisis: Government mobilized all resources to avert power crisis, Minister RK Singh also said shortage

By PTI

New Delhi: With states ranging from Delhi to Andhra Pradesh sending warnings of a developing power crisis due to shortage of coal, the central government on Sunday put all resources under its control to ensure adequate feedstock to generate power in power plants. pressed to

While Union Power Minister RK Singh reviewed the coal stock position in all thermal power plants, including units supplying power to distribution companies in the national capital, the Coal Ministry said that “sufficient coal is available to meet the demand in the country”. is” and “any fear of power supply disruption is completely false”.

In a year when the country produced record coal, excessive rainfall in the coal-producing belt affected the movement of fuel from mines to power generating units, affecting power generation in several states including Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.

Another factor that has contributed to the current crisis is that power plants that use imported coal to generate electricity have either reduced production or shut down completely as the jump in international energy prices has slowed down. This has made it difficult for them to meet the commitments of the states at a particular rate. .

Tata Power, which has signed contracts to supply 1,850 MW to Gujarat, 475 MW to Punjab, 380 MW to Rajasthan, 760 MW to Maharashtra and 380 MW to Haryana from its imported coal-fired power plant in Gujarat. has stopped. generation.

Following a review of the coal stock position by Singh, the power ministry in a statement said that the total dispatch of coal from all sources (Coal India Limited, Singareni Collieries Company, captive coal mines and imported coal) as on 9 October was 1.92 million tonnes (19.2 million tonnes). million tonnes). ) against total consumption was 1.87 million tonnes (18.7 lakh tonnes).

“Coal dispatch has exceeded consumption, indicating a shift in gradual build-up of coal stock,” it said, adding that the coal stock at the power plant is sufficient to meet the requirement of more than 4 days and the coal supply by Coal India is being accelerated. Ltd. (CIL), the coal stock at the power plant will improve gradually.

In a separate statement, the coal ministry said the coal stock at the end of the power plant is around 72 lakh tonnes, which is enough for four days’ requirement, and that Coal India Limited (CIL) has over 400 lakh tonnes of stock. , which is being supplied. power plants.

Domestic coal-fired power generation has grown by about 24 per cent this year (as of September 2021) on the back of strong supply from coal companies.

“The daily average coal requirement in power plants is around 18.5 lakh tonnes of coal per day, while the daily coal supply is around 17.5 lakh tonnes per day.

The dispatch was disrupted due to extended monsoon,” it said.

“The coal available at power plants is a rolling stock that is replenished on a daily basis from the supply of coal companies.”

“The fear of depleting coal reserves at the end of the power plant is misplaced,” it said.

“Indeed this year, domestic coal supplies have replaced imports by a substantial measure.”

The statement said that Singh has directed that the distribution companies of Delhi will get as much power as they require according to their demand.

State-owned “NTPC and DVC have been directed to provide full availability as per requirement of discoms,” it said, advising state gas utility GAIL to provide gas from all sources to gas-based power plants in Delhi. has been given.

NTPC has also been advised to offer standard declared capacity to Delhi Discoms as per their allocation from gas based power plants under respective PPAs.

“If any discom is found resorting to load shedding despite the availability of electricity as per the PPA, action will be initiated against him,” the statement warned.

Despite heavy rains in the month of August-September, a steep rise in power demand due to economic recovery and a rise in imported coal prices, domestic coal supplies have continued to operate power plants and every effort has been made to ensure full power supply. Possible efforts are being made. DISCOMs as per their requirements.

The Coal Ministry said that despite heavy rains in the coal sector areas, CIL supplied over 255 million tonnes of coal to the power sector this year, which is the highest ever supply.

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 over 16 lakh tonnes per day. is likely to. lakh tonnes per day by the end of October 2021.

Supply from SCCL and captive coal blocks will contribute over 3 lakh tonnes of coal per day.

“Domestic coal supply has supported power generation despite a huge increase in electricity demand due to heavy monsoon, less coal imports and economic recovery.

It is expected that the supply of coal will be at a record level in the current financial year.

Due to higher international coal prices, power supply by import-based power plants even under agreements has reduced by about 30%, while domestic-based power supply has increased by about 24% in April-September this year, the statement said. Adding imported coal-based power plants have produced about 25.6 billion units against a program of 45.7 BU.

“It may be noted that the comfortable position of coal in the country is reflected by the fact that CIL is engaged in the supply of coal as well as 2.5 lakh per day to meet the demand of non-power industries like aluminium, cement, steel etc. ton for thermal plants in the country,” the statement added.

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