State-owned CIL on Wednesday said it will augment fuel supply to power utilities of the country to rein in the lowering coal stocks and build them up to adequate levels. The development assumes significance in the wake of power plants across the country grappling with coal shortages.
For the past three days, the company has pushed up its offtake to power plants to 1.4 million tonnes (MT) per day, Coal India Ltd (CIL) said in a statement.
“CIL has taken up this on a mission mode. Availability of coal and subsequent supplies will be ramped up. Despatches to coal-fired plants from October onwards are aimed at 1.5 MT per day going beyond 1.6 MT in due course,” CIL Director (Marketing) S N Tiwary said.
With this, normalcy could be expected soon.
A sudden spike in power generation in the second week of August triggered the increased appetite for coal. As a result, coal demand outpaced the supplies leading to depletion of stocks at the power stations.
Had the power utilities maintained the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) prescribed normative stock of 22 days, the low coal stock situation could have been averted.