Coal supply to power units stabilises

The coal crisis in the power sector seems to be easing as supply stabilised, more fuel-starved generation projects came online, including one based on imports, while cooler weather in north India and an extended weekend dampened demand.

States lifted power supply curtailment orders as the situation improved. South Eastern Coalfields Limited will withdraw its directive to suspend supply to non-power utilities. However, the non-power sector complained of coal shortages, and sought urgent government intervention to improve supplies and keep plants running. As of October 15, 2021, plants with a capacity of 139 GW had low stock, down from 142 GW on October 12, 2021.

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