Number of power plants facing coal shortage has come down, says govt
It has come down to six plants with critical stocks and five with supercritical stock as on August 1, from 13 and 17 plants respectively four months ago.
"As per Daily Coal Report (DCR) published by Central Electricity Authority as on April 1, 2018, there were 13 power plants with critical coal stock and 17 power plants with super-critical coal stock, which has reduced to 6 and 7 respectively on July 2, 2018. This has further reduced to 11 (6 power plants with critical coal stock and 5 power plants with super-critical) as on August 1, 2018," Power Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
The minister replied in affirmative to a question, whether it is a fact that the Central Electricity Authority’s report reflects the number of power stations facing critical coal stock coming down from 30 on April 1 to 13 on July 2 as Coal India Ltd (CIL) and the Railways jointly worked to ramp up additional supplies;
According to reply to the House, during April-July, the coal dispatch to power sector by CIL was 161.72 MT as against 140.56 MT during the same period last year registering a growth of 15.1 percent.
In a separate reply to the House, Singh said: "During the 1st quarter of the current (financial) year 2018-19, the growth in the thermal generation was 5.69 percent and the growth in thermal generation from NTPC power plants was 7.76 percent."
To yet another reply, he said, "Generation from all sources (Hydro, Nuclear, Thermal and Renewable Energy) is utilized to meet the demand of electricity. The gap between demand and supply, if any, is met by increasing the thermal power generation."
He further said that in April and May, hydro generation was 87.29 percent and 90.35 percent of the target respectively. The gap was met by increasing generation from thermal power plants which generated 103 to 104 percent of the target.
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