All pithead plants with sufficient coal should run at 100% load factor: Goyal

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 18, 2018

There is a need to increase the Plant Load Factor (PLF) of various power plants, according to the Minister for Coal and Railways, Piyush Goyal. At a meeting to review the power supply requirement during the summer and the winter seasons, Goyal said all pithead plants with sufficient coal supply should run at 100 per cent PLF.

An official statement said he also stressed on the need for states located far from mines to use provisions under the ‘Flexibility of utilisation of coal’ rules so that the coal can be used by those power stations near the coal source. Gujarat and Maharashtra have been using these provisions. This would enable provision of cheaper power to the respective states and efficient utilisation of rolling stock, enabling coal supply for other power stations.

Goyal also expressed the need to improve the turnaround time of rakes by better scheduling of trains and optimum utilisation of traffic blocks. He said the Railways should rationalise operational and maintenance practices on the high-density routes.

Published on May 18, 2018

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