Electricity production doubles in May thanks to the mixture of imported coal

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Electricity generation by national coal-fired power plants that blended imported dry fuel more than doubled to 143 million units (MU) per day in May, from 66 MU in the same month a year ago, according to official data.

Several measures taken by the Ministry of Energy in recent years have resulted in increased electricity production in national coal-fired (DCB) plants as well as in ICB (imported coal) plants.

The data showed that electricity generation per day in May 2022 increased compared to May 2021.

Electricity generation per day from blended coal in DCB plants more than doubled from 66 MU to 143 MU, while generation from imported coal plants increased from 145 MU to 160 MU.

Total electricity generation per day from imported coal in May 2022 increased to 303 MU from 211 MU in May 2021. Electricity generated per day from domestic coal increased from 2,465 MU to 3,244 MU.

The Ministry of Energy has recently taken various steps to operationalize non-operational power plants, especially ICB plants.

Efforts are also being made to supplement the national coal supply. Regular meetings and discussions are organized with the States, the Gencos and the IPPs to monitor the evolution of coal stocks, the transport and the import of coal.

Interdepartmental discussions and deliberations with stakeholders are constantly undertaken to remove bottlenecks in plant operations and to address other operational issues.

(PTI)



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