The government on Sunday said that coal stock at various coal mines is more than 52 million tonnes (mt), which is sufficient for about 24 days’ of fuel required for power plants in the country. The statement came weeks after shortage of fuel crippled power generation at various power plants in the country.
“As on June 16, 2022, coal stock at different domestic coal mines is more than 52 mt, which is sufficient for about 24 days requirement of power plants,” the coal ministry said in a statement. In addition to it, about 4.5mt coal stock is available at various goods shed sidings, private washeries and ports and is awaiting to be transported to the power plants
With increased production, the rake supply from Coal India Ltd (CIL) to power sector has also been at all-time high. The rake loading to power sector increased from 215.8 rakes per day in 2020-21 to 271.9 rakes per day in 2021-22, registering a growth of 26 per cent.
In the current year also (till June 16, 2022), the rake supply from CIL to power sector has increased by 25 per cent as compared to the same period of last year. At the same time, coal stocks at pit head power plants are much higher than distant plants.
The Domestic Coal Based (DCB) power plants have generated a record high power of 3.3 BU per day in June 2022 (till 16th).
“The coal stock at the DCB power plants during this period, however, have not depleted, rather the same has increased from 21.85 MT (as on 01.06.22) to 22.64 MT (as on June 16),” the statement said.
This reflects the robust coal production and sufficient supply to keep up with the increasing demand. The coal stock is sufficient for more than 10 days’ requirement