New Delhi, Mar 18 (IBNS) State-owned miner Coal India Limited (CIL) dispatched 91% of the target to Power Utility sector, said Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil on Monday.
"Ministry of Coal and Planning Commission assesses overall demand of the country for various coal consuming sectors including Power Utility sector at the time of formulation of the Annual Plan. For the current year (2012-13), All India Coal demand has been assessed to be 512 Million Tonnes for power utilities in the country," said Patil in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
He said: "In the current year (up to Feb'13), as against supply plan target of 339.92 Million Tonnes, dispatches to power utility sector from CIL to power stations located in various States of the country including Tamil Nadu has been 91% of the target at 309.70 Million Tonnes (Provisional)."
The supply of coal to power plants is now made under bilateral Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) between power stations and coal companies, he said.
"Wherever FSAs are still not concluded, supplies are made through Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as per allocation made by Central Electricity Authority (CEA). In respect of power plants of Tamil Nadu, supply of coal in the current financial year, (till Feb'13), has been 87% of the committed quantity under FSA/MOU with supply of 11.27 million tonnes against commitment of 12.99 Million Tonnes," said Patil.
The minister said that coal supplies to the Power Utility sector is monitored regularly by an inter-Ministerial Sub-Group comprising representatives of Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Railways constituted by the Infrastructure Review Committee of Cabinet Secretariat.
"This Sub-Group takes various operational decisions for meeting any contingent situations relating to Power sector including critical coal stock position. The monitoring mechanism has ensured that stock of coal at TPPs of Tamil Nadu has improved from 0.36 Million Tonnes as on 01.04.2012 to 0.56 million tonnes as on 28.02.2013," said Patil.