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Coal secretary Mr Susheel Kumar rule out any coal shortage during monsoon

Coal News - Published on Wed, 25 Apr 2018

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Money Control reported that ruling out any possibility of dry coal shortage in the upcoming monsoon season, the Coal Ministry said it has sufficient stocks to meet the demand of power plants. The ministry, however, stressed that it expects power plants to lift their requirement in time to avoid any shortage which was witnessed last year after the rainy season.

Coal Secretary Mr Susheel Kumar told PTI that the ministry hopes that the electricity producers which faced fuel problem last time would be careful this year and pile up adequate stocks. Mr Kumar said that "No question of coal shortages at power plants. Because they have to have adequate stocks as per CEA guidelines 21-22 days. They will keep stock. In any case they have faced problem last year so they know what are the problems. This year I am sure they are going to be careful."

Power plants were hit by coal shortages in the second half of 2017 which affected power production in some states.

The ministry said it is fully geared to meet the increased coal demand this time as it has adequate fuel. Moreover, the ministry has also charted out a plan on this year's production and supply.

Mr Kumar explained that "We are fully geared up because we have 55.5 million tonnes of stock at the mines and about 16.5 million tonnes are with the power plants. What we need to stock at the power plants is about 30 million tonnes and that's the attempt. So already we have adequate coal with us and there is plan which has been prepared for this year's production and supply."

Mr Kumar explained further that "Power Ministry is also monitoring independently (coal stocks) and we jointly monitor that. This year that kind of a situation will not arise."

Last time, he said, there was coal shortages because power plants had regulated their intake.

The Secretary said that "(This year) They (power plants) will not regulate from their side. All those steps have been taken."

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 25 Apr 2018
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