Experts are of the opinion that the shortage of coal can lead to a possible electricity crisis and that there is a need to increase supplies, because 26% of the normative level of coal in thermal power plants without a mine head n is not a good sign.
Ex-pit thermal power plants are located away from coal mines and the inventories of these power plants are large.
According to the latest data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), coal inventories were 26% of normative levels at 155 coal-head thermal power plants with a total generating capacity of around 163 GW as of Monday 18 April to Thursday April 21. ).
The CEA monitors the coal stocks of 173 power plants with a total production capacity of approximately 202 GW, including 18 wellhead projects with a total production capacity of approximately 39 GW.
Coal mine thermal power plants are located near coal mines and there are usually no coal supply problems there.
Data showed coal inventories were 14,610,000 tonnes (26%) at 155 headless mills against the normative level of 57,033,000 tonnes on Thursday April 21, 2022.
The data showed the coal inventory situation deteriorated at headless mills from better a month ago. Coal inventories were 31%, 17,752 thousand tons from the normative level of 57,616 thousand tons at 155 plants without a pithead on March 21.
According to the latest data from national grid operator Power System Operation Corporation, the peak power demand satisfied or highest supply in a day was around 197 GW while the peak power shortage was of 6 GW on Friday, April 22, 2022.
The peak electricity demand satisfied was around 167 GW while the peak electricity shortage was 0.63 GW on April 22, 2021.
Experts said the data clearly indicates that demand has increased by 30 GW or more than 17% due to the early onset of summers.
They believe that demand would increase further and that sufficient coal stocks in thermal power plants would be essential, especially during the summer season.
They believe that the demand for electricity would also increase due to improved economic activities which would push up commercial and industrial demand.
Earlier, commercial and industrial demand had plummeted due to the effect of lockdown restrictions imposed by states to combat the deadly coronavirus.