NTPC-CIL spat: CEA coal supply status unavailable since Mar 21
The Central Electricity Authority has not published daily coal stock position since March 21, including the period in which NTPC and CIL had locked horns over supply issue.
New Delhi: The Central Electricity Authority has not published daily coal stock position since March 21, including the period in which NTPC and CIL had locked horns over supply issue.
The CEA, techno-economic clearance body of the power sector, has been publishing on its websites coal stock position of all power stations on a daily basis.
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data for March 21 show that 23 power stations were with less than a week's stock. Of this, as many as 13 plants were in super-critical position or were operating with stock for less than 3 days.
Earlier, this month Coal India reportedly cut supplies at NTPC's plants after the latter allegedly refused payment to the coal major, saying that the fuel supplied was of inferior quality.
However, there is no official data to substantiate that fuel supply to NTPC plants was cut off for about a couple of days.
The differences between the two state-run companies has since then deepened. When asked if the Power Ministry would knock at the doors of Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) to resolve the matter, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said all options would be explored.
NTPC buys close to 140 million tonnes of coal to fire its thermal power plants. While most of Coal India's customers have signed Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs), NTPC has not signed such a pact for 4,500 MW power generation capacity.