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Dwindling coal stock at Khedar thermal plant
The dwindling coal stock at the Khedar thermal plant is a cause of worry for Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (HPGCL) and may affect power generation.

ACCORDING TO sources the Khedar thermal plant is practically running on hand to mouth coal stock and is dependent upon the daily receipt of coal rakes. HPGCL is diverting the coal meant for Panipat thermal plant to Khedar to keep the plant running. There is a payment problem for less supply of coal for Khedar, said an official.

On paper, the coal stock of 180,019 at Khedar is sufficient for 10 days. There is no imported coal stock at any of the HPGCL‘s thermal plants. As per sources practically such coal stock does not exist in actuals. HPGCL has been showing less coal consumption instead of showing actual coal consumption.

The daily coal requirement for Khedar plant is 15400 metric tons (MT) and for Panipat thermal it is 17700 MT.As per CEA report the coal stock at Khedar and Panipat are sufficient for 12 days and 11 days respectively. The Jhajjar plant has six days coal stock and comes under critical category. Panipat thermal receives normally receives 200 rakes on an average during a month

At national level the average coal stock in thermal plants of the country has declined to just 8 days as per latest CEA report. CEA which monitors the 89 thermal plants across country in its report of September 4 points out that the overall coal stock has declined to about 8 days against the normative stock requirement of 22 days. Coal stocks at a 30 power stations of the country with a less than a week stock comes under critical category and out of these 19 power stations having less than 4 days stock is under super critical category.

A number of thermal power plants across the country today are running at sub-optimal plant load factor (PLF) levels due to fuel shortages and Jhajjar thermal. Thermal plants in country registered a plant load factor of 66.84% during the month of July.

It may be mentioned that Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has committed to supply coal of 347 million tons (MT) to power sector projects as per fuel supply agreement and 42 MT coal as per memorandum of understanding (MOU) during 2012-13. It may not be possible to enhance coal supply beyond these levels. Last year CIL supplied 312MT against the target of 328.21mn tons for Power Utilities.

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