Coal companies to increase output ahead of summer, Lok Sabha polls


Coal companies to increase output ahead of summer, Lok Sabha polls

The power ministry has directed all coal companies to boost production after a series of complaints from thermal power firms, and in anticipation of high demand during the summer and the upcoming election season.

In a recent joint review meeting of the ministries of power, coal and railways, the power ministry expressed concern over depleted coal stocks at power plants. The coal stock at power units stands at an average of 13 days, as of February 20.

Following several complaints from power units, including privately owned, the power ministry stressed the need to improve dispatch of coal. Recently, the Association of Power Producers (APP) wrote to the ministry of coal complaining about a shortfall in the supply from the mines of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL).

APP claimed the three mines of SECL — Gevra, Kusmunda and Dipka — are loading less than one rake a day. Read More

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