Due to high demand for coal in power sector CIL would prioritize things to improve the supplies and meet the power needs of cement, aluminium and sponge-iron industries. Per day CIL dispatches 246 coal rakes, out of which 217-218 rakes go to the power sector and remaining to the non-power sector. A top CIL official said, ‘We are now concentrating to offer additional supply of coal to captive power plants (CPP). We are now limiting the coal supply to power sector to about 217-218 rakes per day and the rest would be provided to CPPs and non-power consumers.’ When petcoke was banned in three states Of India, cement plants faced fuel crises as they were causing high level of pollution.
The CIL source said that apart from the supply through Fuel Supply Agreement, coal is provided by auctions also so that cement plants meet their coal requirements. One of the official said that they want to reach the mark of 272 rakes per day from January from their sources and have applied for the same with the Railways. Also supply to industrial consumers would increase by 100 per cent which is at present 25 rakes per day that affects the dispatch of power utilities.
Till November 2017, about 13 million tons of surplus coal was supplied to the power sector. And in September-November 2017 there was a boost in demand for thermal power from the power sector due to decrease in power supply from hydro and nuclear sectors.