Coal Stock Situation To Improve As Power Sector Gets Weather Breather

Coal Stock Situation To Improve As Power Sector Gets Weather Breather
The panic over the coal stock situation at the country’s power utilities is likely to abate as the demand would reduce due to season change. The ministries of coal, power and railways plan to beef up coal supply this month to gear up for high demand later next month when cold in the northern region will start peaking. However, the rake allotment is still a sore point among power and non-power customers of the Railways.

“This month should give us a buffer to prepare ourselves. The three ministries are in regular discussion to prepare a plan for robust coal supply to power sector when the demand increases December onwards,” said a senior official in the ministry of power. As in summers, power demand in winter months also peaks due to the requirement for heating and agricultural purposes.

At the same time, railway officials said the coal demand from the power sector had considerably declined over the past two months. “While the demand suddenly increased by 18 per cent in the month of August, it gradually declined by 2.9 per cent and even further in September and October,” a Railway official stated. Out of the total 1,050 rakes, around 400 goes to the coal sector, while the rest is shared between key sectors including iron ore, cement and fertilisers. Read More…

 

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