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Coal stock at power stations increases to around 30 MT: Coal India Ltd.

To prevent a repeat of the power shortages experienced this summer, the administration has made every effort to increase coal reserves.

September 02, 2022 7:53 IST | India Infoline News Service

State-run Coal India reported on Thursday that coal supplies at power plants increased to roughly 30 million tonnes last month, allaying concerns about a dry fuel scarcity during the monsoon season.

To prevent a repeat of the power shortages experienced this summer, the administration has made every effort to increase coal reserves.

"...coal stock in power plants, including imported coal, is close to 30 MTs as of August 22. (till 29th). Compared to August 21, when the stock fell by 11.2 MTs in a month, this is significantly greater than the 12.8 MTs at that time "In a statement, Coal India Ltd (CIL) stated.

The PSU claimed that increased fuel supply from CIL contributed to the stabilization of the stock at power plants.

There is enough coal in the system, according to the Maharatna corporation, with a store of dry fuel of 31 MT at CIL's pitheads, a stock of roughly 30 MT at power plants, and little over 10 MT at PSU sidings, goods sheds, private washeries, ports, and captive factories.

Additionally, in the first five months of the current fiscal year, the supply of coal to the power industry increased to 243.3 million tonnes.

The amount of coal produced by CIL between April and August climbed by 21% to 253.3 MT, up from 209.2 MT in the same time last year.

In contrast to 42.6 MT in the equivalent month of the previous fiscal, CIL production increased to 46.2 MT last month.

The PSU provided 43.8 MT of coal to thermal power plants in August, up from 37.8 MT in the same month of the previous fiscal, a gain of 16%.

More than 80% of domestic coal production is attributed to Coal India. By 2023–2024, the corporation plans to produce one billion tonnes.

This year, due to a coal shortage, there were power disruptions in a number of areas of the country during the summer.

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