“CIL despatched over 21 MT more to power sector during the current year and the mines are still holding a stock of over 26 MT. There is no shortage of coal with CIL and the supplies shall have further boost as monsoon recede and production picks up,” said the official.
The current average coal stock stands at 13 days as against the normative 25 days.
Talking specifically about the national and largest thermal power producer NTPC, the coal ministry said that supply to the company was at 94 per cent materialisation level with 57.25 MT of coal supply during April-August duration this year.
NTPC recently issued two tenders to import 2.5 MT of coal citing constraint in domestic coal supply. R K Singh, Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy said his ministry has allowed all power producers to import coal as the domestic situation would remain poor for coming years.
Coal ministry, however, said that continued efforts to boost coal supply have helped to bring down the number of plants to 14 in the ‘critical stock list’ in August from April.
The coal ministry official also informed that the position of coal supply to power plants are monitored on the daily basis and strategies are framed by the Sub Group comprising officials of MoC, Ministry of Power (MoP), MoR, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Coal India Limited (CIL) & coal companies, to boost the movement of coal to power plants and to bring the power stations out of critical stock category.