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64 non-pithead power plants face severe coal shortage; Power minister refutes reports of severe power shortage

oct 5,

At least 64 non-pithead thermal power plants are left with less than four days of dry fuel stocks, news agency PTI reported. A report from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed that 25 non-pithead power plants are left with coal stocks for less than seven days as on October 3.The CEA monitors coal stocks at 135 power plants across the country. All of them together generate 165 GW on a daily basis. The total coal stocks of 78,09,200 tonnes were available at the 135 plants on October 3, which was sufficient for four days.The daily requirement of these 135 power plants with 165 GW of installed capacity is 18,24,100 tonnes. Not a single one among the 135 plants have eight or more days of coal stocks.Non-pithead plants are power plants where the coal mine is more than 1,500 kilometres away. The report showed that there were seven non-pithead plants which have less than five days of coal and one plant has less than nine days of stocks of dry fuel.

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