The Indian government has denied there was irregular supply and availability of coal for the country’s thermal power utilities, as the stocks with them had increased to 21 days of requirement this year against a mere eight days in 2014.
Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal told parliament that stocks with thermal power plants had risen to 28.25 metric tons (MT) from 11.46 metric tons.
The minister said that coal is supplied under Fuel Supply Agreement to the utilities wherein supply of indigenous coal has been assured presently to the tune of 90% and 67% of committed quantity for those commissioned up to March, 2009 and after March, 2009, respectively.
He said overall coal demand for 2015-16 was pegged at 910 MT against, for which supplies from indigenous sources had been planned at 699.97 MT. The shortfall of 210.03 MT is envisaged to be met through imports by consuming sectors.
In order to improve the overall coal availability for increased power generation and also to liquidate huge stock lying at the collieries, offer was made to all Power Generating Companies drawing coal under FSA to lift the coal which is held in the stocks on “as is where is” basis with the stipulation that the Power Stations will make their own transport arrangement, the minister said.
This scheme of supply under “as is where is” basis has been extended for 2015-16 as well.