Coal shipments to the power sector fall by 6 percent in October

Coal shipments to the power sector fell by 5.5 percent or 56.49 million tons last month. Coal supply to the power sector was 59.79 million tonnes (MT) in October 2021.

“Delivery by the power utility has declined by 5.51 percent to 56.49 MT in October 2022 compared to 59.79 MT in October 2021,” preliminary Coal Ministry statistics showed. However, in the April-October period of the current financial year, the shipment increased by 13.07 percent to 413 MT from 365.25 MT in the same period a year ago.

Total dispatch of dry fuel to different sectors in October also declined to 67.02 MT from 70.21 MT in the same period a year ago. Supply to power plants also fell to 3.54 MT from 4.97 MT.

Many states faced power outages due to coal shortage in summer this year. However, the Coal Ministry said the “energy crisis” was mainly due to a sharp decline in electricity generation from different fuel sources and not due to non-availability of domestic coal.

The government had attributed low coal stocks in power plants to several factors such as increased energy demand due to the post-Covid economic boom, early summer, rising prices of gas and imported coal, and a sharp drop in electricity. production with coastal thermal power plants.

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