Coal India supply exceeds pre-COVID levels even as utilities face fuel shortage

State-run Coal India said on Thursday the miner’s supplies to coal-fired utilities were higher than before the pandemic, even as many power plants are on the verge of running out of coal.

The world’s largest coal miner supplied about 206 million tonnes of coal to utilities from April to August, 27% higher compared with the same period last year and up 8% compared with April-August 2019, it said on Thursday.

The Kolkata-headquartered company accounts for over 80% of India’s domestic production, and production typically slows during India’s annual monsoon in the June-September period.

“Coal India’s offtake held steady at 1.7 million tonnes/day in the last week of August. Never in August of any previous year (have) the company’s despatches exceeded 1.6 million tonnes/day,” it said.

This year, total supplies during the April-August period rose at the fastest pace in at least 7 years, according to data on the company’s website.

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