New Delhi: In the year 2018-19, Coal India Limited (CIL) supplied 491.54 Million Tonnes (MT) of coal to power plants which was 8.2 percent higher than the coal supplied in 2017-18. Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) supplied 55.3 MT coal to power plants in 2018-19, marking a growth of 3.6 percent over the same period of the previous year.
This has led to the creation of a coal stock of 30.95 MT at power plants as on March 31 this year. The coal stock is sufficient to last 18 days, Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi said in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
Coal supplies to the power sector is monitored regularly by an inter-ministerial sub-group comprising representatives of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Shipping, Coal India Limited etc, the minister said.
As a result of these steps, coal stock at power plants as on June 16 has increased to 27.01 MT, up from 15.44 MT on June 16, 2018.
Ministry of Coal has issued the Policy for Linkage Rationalisation for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) on May 15, 2018. The policy envisages to undertake a comprehensive review of existing sources of coal and consider the feasibility for rationalisation of sources with a view to optimize the transportation cost and materialisation, taking into account coal availability and logistics.
As per request received from consumers, linkage rationalisation of eligible IPPs has been done at Coal India for a total rationalized quantity of 2 MT.
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The annual potential savings estimated by Central Electricity Authority for the above rationalisation would be about Rs 118 crore.