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Power Ministry reviews status of coal imports with States

BL New Delhi Bureau | | Updated on: May 05, 2022
RK Singh, Union Power Minister

RK Singh, Union Power Minister

Minister RK Singh highlights the importance of importing coal for blending in the thermal power plants

Power Minister R K Singh on Thursday reviewed the status of coal imports for blending in the thermal power plants with the States.  

Secretary (Power) Alok Kumar, senior officials of the State governments, and generation companies (gencos) were present at the meeting held virtually, the Power Ministry said in a statement.

The Minister highlighted the importance of importing coal for blending in the thermal power plants, in view of the constraints in domestic coal supply to meet the increased demand. 

“The States were advised to place orders for importing of coal for blending purpose so that the additional coal reaches power plants from the month of May itself. Hon’ble Minister stated that the domestic coal would be supplied to all gencos in proportion to the coal received from coal companies,” the Ministry said.

Singh also advised the States to increase the output from the captive mines to meet their coal requirements which will help in reducing the burden on the linkage coal.  

States cautioned

He emphasized that States need to take actions to ensure coal supply to their power plants by ensuring off-take in the Rail-cum-Road (RCR) mode to meet the shortfall in coal requirement at their power plants and stated that in the event of States not lifting the RCR coal it would be de-allocated and offered to other States and the concerned States would be responsible for any shortages and consequent power-shortages in their States.

As per the data presented by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in the meeting, it was noted that Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have placed orders for the import of coal, while Punjab and Gujarat are in the advanced stage of finalisation of the tenders and the other States need to put extra efforts to import the coal in time for blending at their power plants.  

While Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are in the process of issuing the tenders, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand have not yet issued tenders or taken any significant actions for the import of coal. The States were advised to take necessary actions to ensure coal supply to their power plants.

The status of rail-cum-rod (RCR) mode was also deliberated upon and it was seen that the progress of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on lifting the allotted coal was not satisfactory. These States were advised to expedite lifting of coal, failing which this RCR coal would be allocated to other gencos which need it.

Published on May 05, 2022
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