As states gear up for elections and several others rush to meet the Centre’s electrification deadline, power demand is touching a new record every day. Meanwhile, failing to catch up, coal supply has dipped to a record low. According to an industry source, stocks at the coal pithead and power plants have touched an all-time low of about 30 million tonne (mt), as demand has gone up and imports have dropped.
“In the beginning of the year, this was around 50 mt,” an official said. There are 31 power units that have critical (less than seven days) and sub-critical (less than four days) coal stock. Coal India Limited (CIL), however, said it is sustaining the double digit output growth since the beginning of the current fiscal year.
It posted 10.6 per cent production growth during April-September 2018 alongside an 8.1 per cent jump in total coal supplies, against comparable period last year. Coal supplies to power sector evinced a 10 per cent growth during the referred period, said the company in an official communication. Read More