Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Government list 4 reason as Power crisis due to coal shortage in India

Government list 4 reason as Power crisis due to coal shortage in India

Union Ministry of Power has listed four main reasons for the depletion of coal stocks after CM of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Delhi flagged the shortage of coal at power plants.

As per the release by the Union Ministry of Power, an inter-Ministerial sub-group led by a Ministry of Coal has been tracking the coal stock situation twice a week.

Reasons for the exhaustion of coal quantity

  • Heavy rains during September 2021 in coal mine areas
  • An unusual rise in demand for electricity.
  • Non-building of enough coal stocks before the onset of Monsoon
  • A hike in prices of imported coal to an unprecedented high level.

There are four main reasons for the depletion of coal stocks at the power plant end unusual increase in demand for electricity due to the restoration of the economy; heavy rains during September 2021 in coal mine areas.

Thereby negative affect the coal production as well as send off of coal from mines;

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Increase in imported coal prices to unprecedented high level leading to a substantial reduction in power generation from imported coal-based power plants

Leads to more dependence on domestic coal; non-building of adequate coal stocks before the onset of Monsoon," read the release.

The Power Ministry said.

"There are also legacy issues of hefty fees of coal companies from specific states, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh."

The Power Ministry pointed out that a surge in the restoration of the economy after the second wave of Covid led to an unusual increase in demand and consumption of electricity.

It said.

"The daily consumption of electricity has crossed past 4 Billion units per day and 65 per cent to 70 per cent of the demand is being met by coal-fired power generation only, thereby increasing dependence on coal,"

The Power Ministry issued guidelines on October 8 for operationalizing optimum utilization of generating stations as per the requirements in the electricity grid. These guidelines will enable imported coal-based plants (having sufficient coal) to operate and ease out the burden on domestic coal.

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