Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Power
07-December-2011 16:54 IST
Coal Supply for Power Plants
As on 31st October 2011, out of total power generation capacity in the country, coal fired capacity is 1,00,098 MW, which gives around two third of the electricity generation in the country.

As on 30th November, 2011, out of 89 coal-based stations monitored by CEA, 49 power stations had coal stock of less than seven days. The coal-based generation in the country has reported a growth of 7.8% during April to October, 2011. The energy and peak shortage in the country during April – October 2011 was 6.6% and 11.4% respectively.

Following steps have been taken by the Government to augment supply of coal to thermal power stations :

• An Inter-Ministerial Sub-group under the aegis of Ministry of Coal reviews and resolves on a weekly basis the problems of coal supply to thermal power stations having coal stocks below 7 days requirement.

• Ministry of Coal/ Coal India Ltd. is being insisted upon to enhance production of domestic coal in the country.

• Power Utilities have been advised to import coal to bridge the gap between requirement and availability of coal.

• This information was given by the Minister of State for Power Shri K. C. Venugopal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.