Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar on Wednesday reviewed the coal supply position to Thermal Power Plants in the country.
In order to handle the emergent challenge, a number of measures were taken at review meeting which include increase in the number of railway rakes allotted for coal, preference to supply of coal rakes to power sector, effective monitoring with the inputs of a control room assessing the situation and assignment of CIL subsidiary to every power plant to meet any demand-supply mismatch.
The Secretary directed that the coal loading through railway rakes be increased to 250 rakes per day by CIL. The Ministry of Railways has been requested to position these rakes in consultation with CIL subsidiaries. Of these, 225 rakes per day will be supplied to the power sector.
For every power plant, one subsidiary of CIL has been assigned the role of lead company. The lead company shall be responsible to monitor and ensure that the power plants linked to it are out of criticality.
A control room at CIL will monitor the coal supply position to the TPPs on 24x7 basis.
The offer of coal on ‘as is, where is’ basis will be made by CIL to all the power plants. The CIL will also request the Ministry of Power to direct the pithead TPPs to augment coal supplies through this route.
CIL CMD Gopal Singh who participated in the meet said that earlier regulation and reduction in coal intake by TPPs and excess monsoon rainfall restraining coal production companies to supply coal accompanied with the steep rise in coal based power generation has resulted into the dwindling coal stocks at TPPs.
He also stated that there has been growth of 17% in coal based thermal power generation on account of reduction in hydro power generation by 12%, in nuclear power generation by 36% and others by 7% in August 2017 over August 2016.
Besides CIL CMD, all the CMDs of the subsidiary companies of Coal India attended the meeting.