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For the first time since 2014, no power plant facing critical coal stock - CEA

Coal News - Published on Fri, 22 Mar 2019

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TOI reported that for the first time in recent history no coal-fired power stations in the country is starving for fuel, a far cry from 2014 when 66% of the units monitored by the Central Electricity Authority were doddering due to critical coal inventory.

Government officials said the total inventory at power stations reached 29 million tonne, good for keeping plants running for 17 days, on Sunday as a result of a coordinated and sustained push by the coal and railway ministries under Mr Piyush Goyal’s watch.

Comfortable fuel stock at power plants ahead of summer leaves will strengthen the case to hold states accountable for ensuring 24X7 supplies from April 1 deadline under the ‘Power for All’ agreement. Adequate fuel stock arms power plants to meet higher summer demand and leaves no excuse for utilities to avoid buying power by resorting to load-shedding.

TOI had on February 26 first reported coal inventories rising to roughly 15 days’ operation and the number of plants with precarious inventory dropped 86% to just four from 29 on October 31 last year after the government scrambled additional supplies to meet a sudden demand spike and build up stock for high summer load.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 22 Mar 2019
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