Coal dispatches to power plants increasing: Power minister R K Singh

Coal dispatches to power plants increasing: Power minister R K Singh

Coal dispatch to power stations have picked up and are likely to increase further to ease the coal stock position, power and renewable energy minister R K Singh said on Tuesday.

He said the increase in demand is a positive sign and indicates that the economy is growing. “It is also because more than 28 million homes were connected to electricity under the Saubhagya programme and all these new consumers are buying appliance like fans, coolers, TVs etc,” he said in a press statement.

The peak demand on October 4 was 1,74,000 Mw, 15000 Mw more than on the corresponding day in the previous year.

The demand for power has been increasing from August, 2021 onwards. In August, 2021, the power consumption was 124 Billion Unit (BU) whereas the consumption in August, 2019 (before the Covid period) was 106 BU. This was an increase of almost 18-20%., Singh said

There was continuous rain in the coal bearing areas in the months of August and September, 2021 leading to lower desptach from coal mines in this period. “However, the despatches have picked-up again. On the 04.10.2021 the total number of rakes dispatched was 263 which is 15 rakes more than the rakes dispatched on the 03.10.2021. It is expected that the despatches from coal lines will increase further,” Singh said.

The average stock of coal in power plants was for about four days on October 3.

In order to manage the coal stock and ensure equitable distribution of coal, Ministry of Power constituted a Core Management Team (CMT) comprising of representatives from the ministry, the Central Electricity Authority, POSOCO, Railways and Coal India Ltd (CIL) to ensure daily monitoring of the coal stocks and dispaches. The CMT is closely monitoring and managing the coal stocks on daily basis and ensuring follow up actions with Coal India and Railways to improve the coal supply to power plants.

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