The Ministry of Power (MoP) has directed all power gencos in the country to import coal for blending up to 6 per cent (by weight) for the remaining period of this current fiscal year and the first half of 2023-24 i.e. up to September 2023.
The domestic coal supply of the gencos who do not follow these instructions will be restricted to pro-rata basis. The directions have been issued in light of the infrastructure-related logistics constraints of railways and anticipated domestic coal supply shortfalls. The likely supply of domestic coal during first half of 2023-24 is estimated to be around 392 mt and around 24 mt would be the anticipated shortfall during first half of 2023-24. This shortfall is expected to be made up by blending with imported coal.