he energy ministry cautioned states as early as 18 August about depleted coal shares failing to compare the pointy building up in electrical energy call for. The caution bells have been twinned with a request to transparent their pending gas and transportation dues, consistent with executive paperwork reviewed by way of Mint.
A few of these are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The coal inventory to be had at energy vegetation on the time had reached 18.5 million tonne (mt), enough for best 9 days of technology.
In its communique to Maharashtra leader secretary Sitaram Kunte, Union energy secretary Alok Kumar wrote, “As you might be conscious we’re witnessing sharp building up in call for of electrical energy because the economic system is opening up. As coal based totally thermal energy vegetation (TPP) percentage the lots of the energy call for, states wish to be certain that there may be enough coal inventory to be had at energy stations.”
This adopted a revival in height electrical energy call for after falling all through the second one wave of Covid-19 infections. Consistent with Central Electrical energy Authority (CEA), as of Tuesday, India’s 119 coal-fuelled energy initiatives totaling 129.866 gigawatt (GW) capability had 4 days of shares. Any other 16 vegetation positioned close to coal mines totalling 35.2GW capability had 5 days of inventory. This assumes significance for the reason that coal-fuelled capability contributes 52.41% or 202.80GW of the put in energy technology capability of 386.88GW.
“There also are legacy problems with heavy dues of coal firms from sure states viz., Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” the ministry mentioned in a 9 October remark.
“On this regard, I wish to let you know that the coal inventory at TPPs is depleting at a quick charge. As on 15.08.2021, moderate coal inventory to be had within the nation at plant degree used to be 18.5 mt which is enough for best 09 days. This can be a topic of outrage,” the letter to Kunte added.
An identical letters have been written to different states’ leader secretaries and effort secretaries, urging them to offer “best precedence” to clearing exceptional coal dues.
Consistent with the ability ministry, as of 31 July, Maharashtra State Energy Technology Co. Ltd’s (MAHAGENCO) dues in opposition to coal firms and railways used to be ₹2,615 crore, whilst West Bengal Energy Construction Corp. Ltd owed ₹2,182 crore in coal and railways dues. Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd’s dues amounted to ₹853 crore and Andhra Pradesh Energy Technology Corp. Ltd’s . dues totalled ₹215 crore. “Taking a look on the essential coal shares, I’d once more request you to direct MAHGENCO to transparent the exceptional dues of coal firms in a time sure way in order that there’s no legislation of coal provide from CIL finish,” further secretary in energy ministry Vivek Kumar Dewangan wrote to Maharashtra primary secretary, power, Dinesh Wagmare on 9 September.
Queries emailed to an influence ministry spokesperson on Wednesday remained unanswered. Spokespersons of the governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh may no longer be contacted right away.