Power plants face coal shortage, says report

‘As many as 46 plants reported stocks of less than a week’

Published - February 26, 2018 07:18 pm IST - New Delhi

PEDDAPALLY,TELANGANA,24-03-2017:NTPC Thermal power plant  at peddapally district.. Photo. Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

PEDDAPALLY,TELANGANA,24-03-2017:NTPC Thermal power plant at peddapally district.. Photo. Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

The power sector seems to be facing coal shortage again as 46 coal-fired power plants reported stocks of less than a week, according to official data.

According to the daily coal stock report of 113 power plants monitored by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), six plants have coal stocks for zero day and eight plants have stocks of just one day to generate electricity as on February 22, 2018.

‘No improvement’

Industry sources said coal supplies have not improved since the monsoon season last year when some of the coal-fired power plants had faced acute shortage.

Power, coal and railway ministries had taken a series of measures to improve coal supplies to power plants after power prices crossed ₹11 per unit at energy exchanges in September last.

The CEA report stated that there are 12 non-pithead power plants facing super critical coal stock situation, or in other words, have coal stocks for less than four days.

Besides, there are six such plants that have coal stock of less than seven days. Of these 46 plants with stocks of less than a week, Badarpur, Bhatinda and Panki plants are shut down.

The government, in January-end, had decided on various steps, including the use of dedicated rail transportation and setting up of power projects only within 500 km from coal mines, to boost coal supplies to power plants.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.