Panel to Monitor CIL Supply

CIL has set up a monitoring cell to track coal supply amid concerns of falling stocks at thermal power plants. The public sector miner has also urged power producers, including NTPC, to optimise coal movement to its plants on the basis of the stock level. According to data from the CEA, actual stock at thermal plants across the country as of 31 Aug’17 was at nine days, lower than 12 days at the start of the month. At least 9 power plants had stocks of less than 4 days according to the CEA and many of these plants depend on the rail route to source coal. On an average the normative stock requirement ranges between 15 days and 20 days. As part of the monitoring plan, CIL will coordinate with the railways and power utilities to improve the supply to generating units facing critical stocks. The transportation of coal from mines to dispatch points and movement of rakes, crushing and weighing arrangements would be monitored in the CIL control room, manned by officers of the production and marketing department of the public sector miner. A combination of road and rail movement is being worked out to clear stocks from 5 of the 8 subsidiaries of CIL. At the same time, generation CoS, including NTPC, a major coal consumer, have been asked to optimise movement to plants with critical coal stock.