Government’s ‘zero blackout’ plan gets boost from rising coal stock at power plants


Government’s ‘zero blackout’ plan gets boost from rising coal stock at power plants

Coal stock at power stations have risen to roughly 15 days’ operation and the number of plants with precarious inventory has dropped 86% to just four from 29 on October 31 last year when the coal and railway ministries scrambled additional supplies to meet a sudden spike in demand and prepare for summer load.

The comfortable fuel stocks at generation units ahead of summer leaves no room for DISCOMS to make excuses for load-shedding and will boost the power ministry’s bid to push its ‘zero blackout’ plan at Tuesday’s conference of state power ministers.

Available government data shows aggregate coal stock at power plants rising to more than 23 million tonne (million tonne) on February 19, indicating an increase of 49% from 15.7 million tonne on February 28, 2018 in spite of a healthy rise in electricity demand.

The number of ‘critical’ and ‘super critical plants too has fallen to just two each, indicating a drop of over 84% from 25 in the same duration. Read More

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