With the shutting down of yet another unit on Saturday, the Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) has closed four power generating units this week owing to shortage of coal.
Citing acute shortage of coal in thermal power plants in Karnataka, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has urged Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal to ensure adequate supply to the state.
Coal shortage is becoming severe as power plants with generation capacity of 16,000 MW are currently facing coal shortage while plants with the capacity of 30,000 MW are not being able to access coal as they do not have power purchase agreements.
An acute coal shortage in Maharashtra has yet again brought back fears of power shortage in the state. With most power plants running on less than 10 days’ stock, the state energy department is staring at a possibility of load shedding, much like last year.
The coal shortage in the country looks far from resolved as absolute coal stock levels have fallen to 11.8mn tonnes, the lowest level seen in CY18. This is a sharp fall from 14.7mn tonnes that was seen at the end of August 2018.
As much as 8,580 MW of coal-based power generation capacity is under outage due to shortage of fuel across the country. According to the latest report of the Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) operation performance monitoring division, 1,740 MW capacity was offline in West Bengal
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.