Coal stock situation at Power Plants improving on increased supply
Bhubaneswar: With increased supplies and easing of power demand, coal stocks at thermal power plants have risen to average five days of consumption.
As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA) report the coal stock with power plants stood at 9.028 Million Tonnes (MT) as on 26th October, 2021. With daily increase in coal stock for the last nine days, 5 days’ stock is available at the end of the Thermal Power Plants (TPPs). In around a week’s time it is likely to reach 6 days’ buffer stock.
According to CEA data for 26th of October, the number of TPPs facing super critical coal stock situation have decreased to 49 from 61 on 19th October.
A power plant is said to be facing critical coal stock situation if it has fuel for less than seven days and termed supercritical if it has fuel for less than four days.
Central Electricity Authority monitors coal stock situation at 135 thermal power plants with cumulative capacity of 15 GW.
India has installed power generation capacity of 388.13 GW which includes 202 GW coal-based power generation capacity, 24.9 GW gas based power, 46 GW hydro power, 6.7 GW nuclear power and around 93 GW of renewable (solar, wind) as on August 31, 2021.