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Thermal plant coal stocks back to normal levels: Report

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Coal supply situation has improved with power plants in India

Days after several states created a crisis-like situation due to short supply of coal at power stations, the government has said the dry fuel stock situation in thermal projects has improved.

According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data, the number of projects involving coal less than four days has come down to 58 on October 18 from 69 a week ago.

Earlier this month, more than six states, including Gujarat and Punjab, told the Center that many of their power plants had only four days of coal left, which could lead to power outages.

This forced the government to take stock of the supply and availability of dry fuel with state-owned Coal India Ltd, which is also the largest producer and supplier of the commodity in the country.

While the Coal Ministry said that although the current fiscal has witnessed record production of dry fuel, prolonged monsoon has affected the supply of plants, Power Minister RK Singh dismissed all talk of any power crisis in the country. In which it was said that there was sufficient stock of coal with power plants.

For the past two weeks, the government has been regularly taking stock of coal production and its supply to power plants and continuing the practice, the CEA on Monday said that the number of non-pit head projects with coal less than four days were 58 on 18 October, compared to 69 on 11 October.

The data showed that the number of plants with supercritical stock stood at 61 as on October 17, which means that the coal stock situation was returning to normal.

CEA monitors the coal stock position of 135 thermal power plants with a cumulative generation capacity of more than 165 GW.

It also showed that the number of zero-day coal-fired power plants with a cumulative installed generation capacity of 11,710 MW has come down to 13 as on October 13, from 15,290 MW a week ago. .

The data showed that the number of single-day coal storage plants increased to 28 with 34,795 MW capacity on October 18, compared to 27 plants with 35,360 MW capacity on October 11.

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