Here are the main developments:
There will be no shortage, says the coal minister.
Union Minister for Coal Prahlad Joshi He said there has been no decline in coal supply across India and assured there will be no shortage amid concerns about power outages. “We have continued with our supply. We are asking (the states) to increase stocks … There will be no shortage of coal, “Joshi told the ANI news agency.
He said the shortage of fossil fuels was triggered by the rains that caused an increase in their international prices.
“Due to the rains, there was a shortage of coal which caused an increase in international prices, from Rs 60 per ton to Rs 190 per ton. The imported coal power plants are subsequently shut down for 15-20 days or produce very less. This put pressure on the national coal, “he said.
He said the Center is making every effort to meet the demand for coal from power producers and stressed that steps are being taken to soon increase the supply of dry fuel to two million tons per day, from the current total shipment of 1.95 MT per day.
Union Coal Minister Prahlad Joshi. Image Credit: PTI
“At the ministry and Coal India Ltd (CIL) we are making every effort to meet the demand for coal … Yesterday (Monday), we supplied around 1.95 million tonnes (MT) of coal. Around 1, 6 million tons of CIL and the rest of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. All together, 1.95 MT that we have supplied, “said the minister.
The minister assured all interested parties of the supply of coal necessary for power generation.
“I assure all interested parties and even the people of the country that whatever coal is needed for power generation, that coal will be provided by the Ministry of Coal,” he said.
PMO reviews the situation
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) late Tuesday reviewed the coal supply and power generation scenario as the government looks for ways to defuse the energy crisis facing several states.
At the meeting on the coal shortage in power plants that has caused blackouts in some states, Energy Secretary Alok Kumar and Coal Secretary AK Jain gave a presentation on the availability of coal and energy, the sources said, and They added that ways to increase the transportation of coal were also discussed. during the meeting.
The Coal Ministry has been asked to increase the supply of coal, while the railways have been asked to make rakes available to transport the fuel to power plants, the sources said.
Government allows power plants to mix imported coal with local supply
On Tuesday, the Center allowed power producers to accelerate coal imports to use up to 10% of blends with domestic-grade coal to meet increased energy demand in a move that could drive up already high global prices.
States were told to use unallocated power
The Energy Ministry has asked states to use unallocated power from central generating stations (CGS) to meet the requirements of their own consumers amid the current coal shortage crisis in the country.
According to the guidelines for the allocation of power, 15 percent of CGS power is kept as “unallocated power” that is assigned by the central government to the states in need to meet the consumer power requirement.
He also called on states to desist from selling energy on the energy exchange at a higher price.
NCP, CPM blame the Center for the crisis
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alleged Tuesday that the Modi The government was responsible for the current coal shortage in the country. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said that many power plants are not operational due to a shortage of coal. Despite importing the fuel, the deficit persists. This is also leading to spending currencies, he said.
Sitaram, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Yechury on Tuesday he alleged that the central government was withholding the truth from the country about the energy crisis and the coal shortage after complaints from several states about the closure of thermal units.
Speaking to ANI, Yechury said: “The minister says there is no shortage of coal, but there are complaints from all states that thermal units are closed and power generation is not happening because there is no coal.”
Furthermore, he alleged that the government is now hiding facts as they were doing during the second wave of Covid-19 regarding the oxygen shortage.
CIL increases the offer
Coal India Limited (CIL) had said it had increased the supply of coal to power companies across the country to 1.51 million tonnes (MT) per day during the last four days of the current month. He stressed that he is building adequate evacuation logistics to transport the dry fuel.
The average supply to coal-fired power plants during October so far has been 1.43 MT per day, which has now increased to 1.51 MT in the last four days.
CIL had added that it is concentrating all its efforts to close the gap between supply and demand as much as possible. With 40 million tons of stocks in their mouths and growing, the availability of coal will not be a problem. CIL represents more than 80 percent of the national coal production.
‘Maharashtra Faces 4,000 MW Power Shortage’
Maharashtra’s energy minister Nitin Raut said on Tuesday that the state was facing a power shortage of 3,500 to 4,000 MW and blamed “mismanagement and lack of planning” on the part of the central PSU Coal India Ltd (CIL ) of the situation.
He said Coal India, a Maharatna power source and the largest fossil fuel producer, has been unable to ensure the timely supply of coal for thermal power generation plants in the state.