Fear of disruption in power supply entirely misplaced: Minister
Power consumption moderates by 72MU
New Delhi: The coal ministry on Sunday assured that sufficient dry-fuel is available in the country to meet the demand of electricity generating plants and stressed that any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced. The statement comes in the wake of reports that warned of power crisis looming large due to the coal shortage in the country.
"The ministry of coal reassures that ample coal is available in the country to meet the demand of power plants. Any fear of disruption in power supply is entirely misplaced," the ministry said in a release.
Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi tweeted: "Reviewed coal production & supply situation in the country. Assuring everyone that there is absolutely no threat of disruption in power supply. There is sufficient coal stock of 43 million tonnes with @CoalIndiaHQ equivalent to 24 days coal demand."
The coal stock at power plants' end is about 72 lakh tonnes, sufficient for four days requirement, and that the Coal India Ltd (CIL) end is more than 400 lakh tonnes, which is being supplied to power plants, the coal ministry said.
The domestic coal-based power generation has grown by nearly 24 per cent this year (till September) based on a robust supply from the coal companies.
The daily average coal requirement at the power plants is about 18.5 lakh tonnes of coal per day whereas the daily coal supply has been around 17.5 lakh tonnes per day.
"Due to extended monsoons the despatches were constrained. The coal available at the power plants is a rolling stock which gets replenished by the supplies from the coal companies on a daily basis. Therefore, any fear of coal stocks depleting at the power plant end is erroneous," it said.
Meanwhile, rains hit movement of the fuel from mines to power generation units, impacting power generation in many States, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.
Power consumption dipped by nearly two per cent or by 72 million units (MU) to 3,828 MU compared to 3,900 MU on Friday, showing slight improvement in supply situation across the country amid coal shortage crisis, according to the power ministry data.
According to the data, the power consumption of 3,900 MU on Friday or October 8 was the highest this month so far (from October 1 to 9), which also became cause of concern among the ongoing coal shortage crisis in the country.
In fact this year, domestic coal supply has substituted imports by a substantial measure. "Despite heavy rains in the coal field areas, CIL has supplied more than 255 MT (million tonnes) coal to power sector in this year which is the highest ever H-1 supply from CIL to power sector," it said.
Out of the total coal supply from all sources, present coal supply from CIL to power sector is more than 14 lakh tonnes per day and with the receding rains, this supply has already increased to 15 lakh tonnes and is set to increase to more than 16 lakh tonnes per day by the end of this month.