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Coal stocks at thermal power plants remain high despite high power demand

Despite a significant increase in power demand, coal stocks at thermal power plants remain robust, exceeding 45 million tonnes (MT). This represents a 30% increase compared to last year. The current stocks are sufficient to meet 19 days of power generation needs. In May 2024, the average daily coal depletion at these plants was only 10,000 tonnes per day. This stability has been achieved through effective logistics and supply chain management.

A Sub-Group with representatives from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railways, and power generating companies has played a key role in ensuring smooth coal supply.

Coal production has grown by more than 8% compared to last year, and stock at the mine pit-heads is over 100 MT, ensuring ample supply for the power sector. The Ministry of Railways has also improved daily availability of rail rakes by 9%. Additionally, coastal shipping of coal has expanded beyond the traditional Paradip port to include Dhamra and Gangavaran ports, thanks to coordinated efforts under the coal logistics policy.

Railway infrastructure upgrades, particularly from Son Nagar to Dadri, have doubled the turnaround time for rakes, further enhancing coal transportation efficiency.

With the monsoon season approaching, the Ministry of Coal is preparing to ensure thermal power plants have adequate coal supplies. It is anticipated that by July 1, 2024, over 42 MT of coal will be available at thermal power plants.

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