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CIL says power plants have coal stocks at 10-yr high

Coal India (CIL) Chairman S Narsing Rao has said that coal stocks in power plants are at a 10-year high, and has remained that way for the past few weeks. The stock is about 20 million tonne, which is good enough for generating power for the next two weeks, he added. For the last five years, coal stock in power plants never exceeded 9-10 million tonne.

But this year, CIL managed to maintain 19 million tonne for the last several weeks which was possible due to increased supply and 8 per cent production growth coupled with 9-million tonne reduction in CIL coal mines stock Narsing Rao said. Coal supplies during monsoon is every power unit manager's nightmare as production dips during the time and coal turns wet during transport.

But with two weeks stock in hand, there's no such worry this year. Thermal power stations like Chhabra in Rajasthan, Korba-West in Chattishgarh and Patratu in Jharkhand have stocks that will last for at least 50 days. In fact, as many as 13 power plants now have stock which is good enough for a month, he said.

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