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Coal crisis: Number of plants with less than 4 days stock increased to 70 on October 10

By PTI

New Delhi: The coal shortage crisis in thermal power projects does not appear to be over anytime soon as the number of non-pit head plants with dry fuel stock (supercritical stock) of less than four days rose to 70 this Sunday, Whereas in the week it was 64. Before October 3, according to government data.

As per the latest coal stock data of 135 plants with installed generation capacity of over 165 GW monitored by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), as on October 10, as many as 70 plants were classified as having supercritical stock or less than four days of fuel. Is. 2021, a week earlier than on October 3, 2021, 64.

The data also showed that the number of non-pit head plants with less than seven days of fuel (critical stock) also increased from 25 such projects on Sunday to 26 on October 3, 2021, a week ago.

Further, the data also revealed that the number of pit head as well as non-pit head plants, which had dry fuel reserves for a week, rose to 115 on this Sunday from 3rd October last week. It was 107 on 2021.

However, it shows that the situation for dry fuel zero-day plants has improved as there were 17 plants with a cumulative capacity of 16,430 MW this Sunday, compared to 17 plants with a cumulative capacity of 21,325 MW on October 3 a week ago.

This Sunday, 26 power plants with 34,930 MW capacity had fuel for a day, compared to 20 plants of 22,550 MW a week ago.

Similarly, 22 plants with 27,325 MW had coal for two days on Sunday, as against 20 plants with 29,960 MW a week ago.

The number of three-day coal plants stood at 18 with 24,094 MW capacity on Sunday, compared to 19 plants with 22,000 MW a week ago.

13 plants with 15,210 MW capacity had coal for four days on Sunday, compared to 15 plants with 16,890 MW capacity a week ago.

The plants that had five days of coal reserves on Sunday were 11 with 10,775 MW as against 6 plants with 7,174 MW.

The number of plants with six days of coal reserves stood at eight with 11,450 MW capacity on Sunday, compared to nine plants with 9,360 MW capacity a week ago.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Power Minister RK Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi amid the crisis of coal shortage in power plants.

During the hour-long meeting, the three ministers are believed to have discussed the availability of coal to power plants and the current demands for electricity.

Top officials of the Ministry of Power and Coal attended the meeting.

A senior official said the situation would improve further with the onset of autumn and pick-up in coal supplies.

The official also said that the Union Power and Coal Secretary will make a detailed presentation on the issue to the Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday.

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