Power disaster: Import coal, revive stressed power crops, says Centre

To fight the nation’s rising power disaster, the federal government is pushing for a ten per cent mixing with imported coal and the revival of stressed . Also on its precedence checklist is the establishing of extra renewable vitality sources.

The ministry of power has requested authorities and personal sector utilities to import 19 million tonnes of coal by the top of June.

The state-run and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) are scheduled to deliver round 3.2 million tonnes of imported coal for mixing this month, stated Alok Kumar, Union secretary for power. This is more likely to push world coal costs up. In December 2021 the federal government had determined to extend the share of imported coal within the home combine from 4 per cent to 10 per cent.

The authorities can be attempting to deliver extra imported coal-based on monitor. Out of the 17,255 MW capability of imported coal-based power crops, solely round 10,000 MW is operational now. “We are hopeful that a further 5,000 MW or so will come up in two to 3 weeks,” Kumar stated.


The ministry of power has requested all imported coal-based crops to run at full capability. Of the 173 thermal power crops, round 99 are working on essential coal inventory or lower than 25 per cent of their normative coal inventory. As per the most recent power ministry information, the overall inventory at pit-head and non-pit-head within the nation is just round 32 per cent of the normative inventory.

The different measures taken to deal with the coal crunch embrace the revival of stressed or under-liquidation coal-based tasks of round 7,150 Mw, for which it’s in discussions with mills, lenders and states. “The authorities is attempting to maximise coal manufacturing from Coal India, Singareni and the captive mines. In addition, thrust is being given on achi¬eving 10 per cent mixing of imported coal,” Kumar stated. Power ministry information reveals {that a} demand of 184,871 Mw is being met throughout peak hours, whereas the vitality scarcity is round 28 million items, and peak scarcity is 1,074 Mw.

“For the power sector, a long-term sustainable mannequin can be to enhance the monetary well being of the distribution firms. This will assist the import of coal too. The concept to revive stressed crops and imported coal-based items is sweet,” stated Ashok Khurana, director-general, Association of Power Producers.

At current, power era firms have dues of round Rs 106,800 crore from distribution firms. Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra owe probably the most, with Rs 22,960 crore and Rs 19,828 crore, respectively.

Among the states, Haryana has expressed its willingness to accumulate a stressed power plant to make sure ample sources can be found for the availability of power to customers within the state. Kumar stated {that a} potential roadmap has been chalked out relating to the stressed items after discussions with lenders and power plant house owners.

The authorities can be pushing for the event of renewable vitality belongings to cut back the dangers of in future.

“We ought to have an built-in and balanced power basket. We ought to take a look at all choices, together with wind and photo voltaic, preserving coal as the bottom. Coal is required for round-the clock power. Since discom well being is a significant concern, we must always search for consumer-level reforms instantly,” stated Vivek Sharma, senior director at rankings and coverage advisory firm, CRISIL.

Since the non-availability of rakes has been cited as one of many causes for the scarcity within the provide of coal, the railways have cancelled 1081 journeys, primarily within the South East Central Railway (SECR) area, until May 24.

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