Web Exclusive | August 2018
Coal India may limit supply to power plants with large stocks
Coal India (CIL) will be restricting fuel supplies to power plants with large stocks in order to supply the ones running at a higher capacity but with low stocks. With an aim of reducing congestion on railway tracks, ensuring equitable distribution of coal in India and dealing with the issue of coal scarcity, the power ministry along with the state and central generating companies has to take a final call on it. At present, 177 odd power plants that have a cumulative stock of 15.36 million tonne which can generate power for 10 days have a supply agreement with CIL. While some stocks may fail to generate power for a full day, 18 plants are running with critically low fuel stocks. However, varying between 16 and 58 days of usage levels, nearly 16 power stations have stocks beyond their normal levels. These 16 power stations are saddled with five million tonne of extra coal than their seven days consumption requirement, whereas just less than a million tonne of coal stock is required to be built up at the 18 critical power stations to bring them out of their critical situation.