Coal Minister Reviews Coal Supply to Power Houses Loading of Coal to be Incresed from 153 to 180 Rakes
indianpowersector.com Comment: To improve the supply of coal for more generation the ministry increased the loading capacity. The thermal power plants are facing stiff conditions since last 2 weeks due to shortage of fuel and grid frequency shows no sign for improvement. The move is emergency step. However, GOI has to take long term step to avoid such situations in the future. Better infrastructure for coal supply and more push for renewable energy can be the solution.
Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal, Minister of coal took an emergency meeting with senior officials of his ministry here today to take stock of the coal availability at the power houses of the country- particularly Northern India, to ensure that power generation in the country remains uninterrupted. It was noted that till July 2011, CIL had registered a growth of 5% in dispatch of coal to the power stations and the power stations were carrying a comfortable coal stock of 13.2 million tonnes as on 1st August 2011, as compared to 11.5 million tonnes on the same date last year.
The Minister directed the officials to increase immediately loading of coal 153 to 180 rakes, out of which 145 rakes should be supplied to the power sector. In the case of North India Power Stations, the average dispatch of coal has been around 36 rakes/day during the current month, the minister directed to increase it to 49 rakes per day. It was decided that out of this, Badarpur TPS and Panipat TPS in Haryana will get more than the contracted quantity of 3 rakes and 5 rakes per day respectively.
As for the power houses in Uttar Pradesh, Unchahar is likely to get more than the normal 4 rakes and Dadri 7 rakes, so as to keep them smoothly running. Rihand and Singrauli get their supplies from Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) through MGR and their regular supplies will be ensured.
Coal Companies have been directed to prioritize movement of coal to the power stations of UP, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan which are presently having critically low coal stock in close coordination with Railways are. All the subsidiary coal companies of CIL have been advised to ensure priority movement of coal to power stations. It is expected that movement of coal to power sector will improve to 145 rakes/day from the current level of 107 rakes/day by 14th October 2011. This will ensure necessary stock build-up at Northern India Power Stations before Diwali.
Despatch of coal received setback during the months of August and September due to heavy rains in all the coalfields, adversely affecting production and transportation of coal from mines to railway sidings. Average monsoon rainfall during the current year in the coalfields has been much more than last year- the entire excess rainfall concentrating during the last two months. This has resulted in inundation of mines, flash floods in number of rivulets, affecting transportation of coal to sidings. Though the situation started normalizing from the first week of October, dispatch was again affected on account of festivals and the strike by the Workers’ Union in the coalfields on 10th October,2011. Post festivals, the loading of rakes picked up to 153 rakes, but was dampened due to the coal workers strike on 10th October, 2011. This is now likely to increase to around 180 rakes in the next few days