From a situation of “critical coal stocks” position just two years back to that of 20 days plus of coal stocks presently available at India’s thermal power plants is indeed an achievement that goes to the credit of the minister of state for power, coal, renewable energy and mines, Piyush Goyal
At present, not a single coal fired plant in the country is suffering from shortages of coal.
At the end of April, 2016, the Coal stock at Power House end had been 34.94 Million Tonne (MT) as against the stock of 29.76 MT at the end of April, 2015.
As on 31st March, 2016, the coal stock was 38.87 MT which is the highest in last four years.
The details of coal stock position in the thermal power plants are as under:
|S.No||Coal Stock as on||Coal Stock (MT)|
“As, on 19th July 2016, the actual coal stock position was 31.39 MT, which is sufficient to operate the plants for 23 days as against the normative stock requirement of 21 days,” Goyal said in the Parliament on Monday.
Further, these power plants receive coal on daily basis and consume it based on their daily requirement in line with their generation schedule. Hence, the coal stock is not static and is not kept/ stored for a long time.
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