Daily coal supply to power plants improves

Daily coal supply to power plants improves

Daily despatch of coal to power plants has exceeded consumption, which will result in gradual improvement in stock position, power and renewable minister R K Singh said on Sunday. Coal minister Pralhad Joshi said any fear of disruption in power supply due to coal shortage is entirely misplaced.

Singh reviewed the coal stock position in all thermal power plants including those plants which are supplying power to distribution companies of Delhi.

On Saturday, the total despatch of coal from all sources (Coal India Limited, Singareni Collieries Company, Captive Coal Mines and imported coal) was 1.92 million tonnes while the total consumption was 1.87 million tonnes, an official statement issued by the power ministry said.

“Thus, the coal despatch have exceeded the consumption, thereby indicating shift to gradual building up of coal stock.

The statement said Singh has directed that distribution companies of Delhi will get as much as power as requisitioned by them as per their demand.

NTPC and DVC have been directed to give full availability as per the requirement of the Delhi discoms.

GAIL India Ltd has been advised to make gas available from all sources to gas-based power plants in Delhi.

If any discom is found to resort to load shedding despite being power available, action would be initiated against them.

A coal ministry statement said coal stock at power plant end is about 72 Lakh tonnes, sufficient for 4 days requirement, and that the Coal India Limited (CIL) end is more than 400 Lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to the power plants.

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