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power ministry and private units in a bind over coal supply shortage




even with claims of record high coal output, the power ministry agrees there is a supply problem to thermal power units. to meet the shortfall in coal supply, the power ministry has asked the power generators to import coal to build stock. sources said the ministry might urge the prime minister’s ...



hint of coal shortage as centre's supplies start favouring govt power units




as summer heats up with power demand also touching new records, the power sector fears that the coal situation might get uncomfortable in the coming days. the coa ministry has directed coal india limited to divert more “out-of-turn” coal to state and central power generating companies and this h...



coal dispatches from cil to power sector rise 18% to 39.9 mt in october




coal dispatches from state-run miner coal india ltd (cil) to power sector improved by 18 per cent to 39.9 million tonnes (mt) in october, official data showed. the power ministry earlier this month had also stated that coal stocks at power plants were "much better" and dry fuel inventories had start...



coal india target for power sector pegged at 513 mn tonnes for next fiscal




coal india will supply 513 million tonnes of coal and offer 12 million tonnes more via e-auction to the power sector in 2018-19 (fy19). the remaining 90 million tonnes of the sector’s demand will come from singareni collieries and captive coal blocks, coal india executives said. after facing a def...



thermal power plants in gujarat stare at closure over low coal supply




thermal power plants in the state are not getting adequate supply of coal and could face closure, leading to power shortage, if immediate steps are not taken, a senior gsecl official has said. the state government has taken up the issue with the railway and power ministries for ensuring adequate sup...



shortage of coal caused power generation loss in 2017-18, acknowledges govt




power ministry wants an assured supply of 615 million tonnes of coal in 2018-19



coal supply to power sector up 7% at 204 mn tonnes in april-sept




supply of coal by state-owned cil to the power sector in the first six months of the ongoing fiscal increased 6.7 per cent to 204.5 million tonnes even as power producers rued over low coal stock at their plants.cil's (coal india ltd) dispatch to the power sector in april-september 2016-17 was 191.5...



private power companies object to ntpc's sale of power in bangladesh




private power generating companies have objected to the sale of power by ntpc to neighbouring bangladesh. the companies have argued that domestic coal supply via long-term agreement cannot be used to supply power to other countries. in a letter to the secretary, ministry of power, the representative...



raise coal supply to 500 rakes per day to power plants: goyal to railways




as power plants face coal shortages, coal minister piyush goyal has asked railways to increase coal loading to up to 500 rakes per day to meet power demand in summer, official sources said. in a meeting last week, the minister took review of the coal stock at various power plants and coal loading by...



increase korba fields' supply to ease coal shortage: pvt power firms to cil




private power producers have asked coal india for more rakes to alleviate the shortage of coal at their plants from its arm south eastern coalfields' korba fields.they have pointed out that the share of rake loading for non-power and e-auction category of consumers have come down, which is being use...



despite liberalisation, power demand to sustain coal india's dominance




despite opening up of the coal sector to private miners, coal india's dominance in the field is expected to remain firm as the power sector will continue to bank heavily upon this state-owned coal monolith. coal india officials said that the company has a mandate to supply at least 75 per cent of th...



new math for power plant coal stocks




as power plants across the country complain about a coal shortage, the central electricity authority (cea) has overhauled the methodology to calculate coal stocks and the level at which a plant can be declared critical.  the cea plans to streamline data for demand and performance of state power uti...



coal reserves down at power plants despite cil raising output




despite near-monopolist coal india (cil) increasing its production and dispatches to thermal power units, fuel stocks with the electricity producers have worsened. coal sales to power plants increased 17 per cent to 32 million tonnes (mt) during september. however, average stock with power plants de...



the hard truth of a brewing coal crisis




one of the major promises of the bharatiya janata party government when it came to power in 2014 was to be ‘coal surplus’ by increasing production and improving supply. state-owned monopoly coal india was given a tall target of 1 billion tonnes of coal production by 2019; three arterial railway ...



cil asks railways ministry to come up with a roadmap for coal evacuation




state-owned coal india has sought a roadmap from the union railways ministry which will help the company possess its own network of railway corridors and rakes which it feels will help in reducing its dependency on railways for transporting coal. shortage of railway rakes has been an ongoing concern...



power ministry's coal tolling policy languishes as state discoms stay away




close to two years since its announcement, the power ministry’s coal tolling policy has failed to pick up in a big way, with state power distribution companies (discom) refusing to show significant interest. the coal tolling policy was announced in 2016 and has so far seen only two states -- mahar...



coal shortage forces karnataka govt to tap hydel power




coal shortage, coupled with rising demand, has forced the energy department to tap into hydel sources, but that might lead to a tougher summer. the other options are buying additional power or load-shedding. with the state going to the polls next year, the second option is ruled out. the department ...



railways plans to hike coal supply to power firms as inventories plunge




with coal stock of some power stations in the national capital region falling to an alarming level, the railways has drawn up an action plan to increase supply of rakes to power plants in northern india, including dadri. the centre has also ensured that the power plants will get adequate supplies of...



monsoon eases power demand in up by 20%, total offtake dips to 17,000 mw




the arrival of monsoon, albeit delayed by 7-10 days, in uttar pradesh has eased the power demand in the state by almost 20 per cent. against the peak power demand hovering at 20,000 megawatt (mw) in up 4-5 days back, the aggregate power demand has dipped to 16,000-17,000 mw after pre-monsoon showers...



coal india limited refutes nabha power allegation of coal shortage




the claim of the nabha power to shut down its 750 mw plant at rajapura in punjab due to inability of the coal india to offer coal is not true, a cil official said. the l&t group firm nabha power closed its rajapura plant on june 3 stating that it was forced to take the decision due to shortage of co...



rbi's resolution for bad loans impractical, says power minister r k singh




power minister r k singh told cnbc tv18 that the rbi resolution for bad loans is “impractical and demanded changes”. his statement comes at a time when close to 80,000 mw of privately owned thermal power plants are on the verge of insolvency. the rbi has mandated that even a day of default in pa...



anil ambani's reliance power to achieve fuel security for butibori units




anil ambani-led reliance power on monday said it would achieve full fuel security for its butibori plant, after a delhi high court order directed coal india to supply coal to both the units of the plant. in a separate release, group company reliance infrastructure said it has received the competitio...



decline in coal imports by india's power plants points to distress




the decline in coal imports by india’s power plants points to distress in an increasing number of generators and a domestic supply shortfall. imports by power stations fell about 15 percent from a year ago in the first two months of the fiscal year to march caused mainly by a 32 percent drop in ov...



year in review: will 2017 end in gloom for power sector?




the coal supply crunch facing the country’s power sector which lasted three months is now closing in on a resolution. but it might not cheer the power sector yet. plant load factor (plf), or utilisation at plants, fell to 59% in november, and the gap between demand and supply increased. this might...



power ministry calls up sector honchos to discuss 'stress' in supply chain




battling stress across the supply chain, the power ministry has called a meeting of all leading power sector companies to be represented by their respective chairmen along with finance ministry officials and sector lenders. the meeting comes in the wake increasing insolvent projects in the power sec...