Aluminium makers are facing shortage of coal to run their captive power plants which has hit their refinery and smelting operations adversely, the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) said.
The number of power plants facing coal shortages has reduced in the last four months as state-owned CIL and the railways worked jointly to augment the supplies, Parliament was informed today.
Low coal stock at several generation units is a problem of their own making as they ignored warnings against reducing offtake from Coal India Ltd (CIL) during periods of subdued power demand.
Coal-starved Mahagenco’s decision to sell coal to private power companies came under fire from Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday. It issued notice to the company and asked it to file reply within two weeks. Shrirang Bhandarkar, counsel for the petitioner Anil Wadpalliwar, had annexed media reports in the petition.
Ruling out any coal shortage at city-based thermal power plants, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today said the AAP-led Delhi government should focus on strengthening distribution infrastructure to meet current electricity demand as well as of future.
The problem of a coal supply mismatch is going to continue in the near term, according to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh.
With only two weeks to go for paddytransplantation, coalshortage has hit the private power generation companies (gencos) in Punjab, forcing shutdown of a 700 MW unit at the Rajpura thermal power plant.
With the paddy season round the corner when the demand for electricity soars, a power crisis is looming in Punjab as the Rajpura thermal plant is likely to suspend operations of its 700 megawatt unit due to coal shortage after having shut the other unit of same capacity.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to direct the Railways to provide rakes for transporting coal to power plants in Delhi-NCR, which are facing “alarming level” of coal shortage.
Power industry body ICPPA, whose members include players from key sectors such as steel and aluminium, has urged the government to ensure coal availability, saying most captive power producers (CPPs) are facing severe shortage of the fuel which may lead to closure of plants.