The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has revised coal stocking norms at thermal energy technology crops with an intention to stop a repeat of the low coal inventory scenario at varied crops in October.
Many states together with Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh had been pressured to impose load shedding in October as some thermal energy crops ran out of coal resulting in insufficient energy provide. A pointy uptick in demand, an increase within the value of imported coal, and low coal procurement by energy stations previous to the monsoon contributed to the low inventory scenario.
“Revised coal stocking norms have been mandated by CEA mandating the coal stock of 17 days at pit head stations and 26 days at non-pit head stations to be maintained by power plants from February to June every year,” Power Minister RK Singh had stated in a written reply to Parliament.
The CEA had beforehand required thermal energy turbines to carry 15-30 days of coal inventory based mostly on the gap of the plant from the supply of coal. However, coal shares at 164 thermal energy crops monitored day by day fell to a mean of 4 days price of coal inventory in October with about 11 giga watt (GW) of thermal energy capability dealing with outages as a consequence of low coal shares. These 164 crops at the moment have about 10 days price of coal inventory. Experts have referred to as for stricter enforcement of coal stocking norms by the CEA.
The low coal inventory scenario had pressured a variety of states to buy energy on the vitality alternate, bidding up the common market clearing value of energy to Rs 16.4 per unit on October 12.
Singh additionally stated an inter-ministerial committee comprising of the secretaries of the ministries of coal, energy and setting in addition to the Chairman of the Railway Board had been set as much as finalise the demand for coal upfront, and take corrective motion to make sure enough coal provide to energy crops within the nation.