Amid a blackout warning, the Center says the coal supply is expected to improve. Read here
The coal supply situation for power plants is expected to improve soon, the central government said on Saturday after several states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, shared their concerns. concerns about power outages.
Earlier today, the nation’s capital said the city could experience power outages in two days if enough coal is not sent to power plants. Long power cuts were also reported in Punjab.
The energy ministry said the country’s petroleum ministry would facilitate gas supplies to enable the operation of two power plants in Delhi.
The state-run NTPC, the country’s largest power producer, has also been ordered to increase coal stocks at two coal-fired power plants near Delhi to ensure sufficient supply.
There are four reasons for the depletion of coal stocks in power plants – unprecedented increase in demand for electricity due to the economic recovery, heavy rains in coal mining areas, increase in the price of imported coal and legacy issues such as heavy dues from coal companies in various states, the Energy Department statement read.
The ministry also said that daily electricity consumption has exceeded 4 billion units per day and that around 65-70% of demand is met by coal-fired power generation alone.
The Core Management Team (CMT), set up by the Energy Ministry, closely monitors and manages coal stocks on a daily basis and provides follow-up actions with Coal India Limited, the ministry said.
He also said Indian Railways would improve the coal supply to power plants.
“A total coal shipment by Coal India reached 1.501 MT on October 7th. Expect coal delivery to the power sector to reach 1.6 MT per day over the next 3 days, then aim for 1.7 MT per day, “the statement added.
India facing the electricity crisis
An energy crisis is looming in some states, including Delhi and the Punjab, due to a combination of factors such as excessive rainfall hitting the movement of coal and imported coal-fired power plants generating less than half of their capacity due to record rate.
In a year the country produced record coal, rains hit the movement of fuel from mines to power generation units, affecting power generation in many states, including Gujarat, the Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.
As power producers and distributors have warned of power outages as production units operate with coal stocks as low as two days, the Coal Ministry said the country has stocks of adequate coal and that low stocks do not mean that production will stop because stocks are continually being replenished.
Another factor that has contributed to the current crisis is that power plants that used imported coal to generate electricity, either cut back their production or shut down altogether as a surge in international energy prices made it difficult to they respect the commitments to the States at a particular rate. .
Tata Power, which has signed contracts to supply 1,850 MW of electricity in Gujarat, 475 MW in Punjab, 380 MW in Rajasthan, 760 MW in Maharashtra and 380 MW in Haryana from its imported coal plant in Mundra in Gujarat , stopped generation.
Adani Power’s Mundra unit also faces a similar problem. Power plants across India have regulated production after stocks fell.
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