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Indian power plants starved of fuel

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World Coal,

India’s power plants are short of coal despite rising output. Stocks at Coal India’s pit heads have risen from 20 million t in November to 45 million t, enough to run nearly a dozen 1000 MW plants non-stop for a year at 85% capacity utilisation, but power stations remain starved of fuel.

“The issue lies with logistics, including roadways, conveyor belts and short distance railway lines,” said Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh.

“We are not being able to produce to fullest extent due to such evacuation and logistics issues,” he continued.

The latest available data from Central Electricity Authority indicated that 25 plants had critical stock position while average stocks for 113 plants monitored by CEA was enough for only about 10 days.

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