Coal India claims to have increased supplies to the power sector by 9% between April 1 and October 12, but increased demand for coal has forced some 11,500 MW of generation capacity to remain idle for several days. Plants with a total of 17,780 MW capacity have stocks that won’t last a day, while another set of 3,300 MW has been lying idle due to lack of power purchase agreements.
In all, 66,579 MW of generation capacities including coal fuelled, nuclear as well as gas-based power plants are shut due to a combination of reasons including fuel shortage, technical issues and planned maintenance.
According to data from Central Electricity Authority (CEA), 30 stations with a coal fired power generation capacity of 28,824 MW are faced with critical stock position, which would last between a day to seven days for each plant. Read more