In the recent review meeting with the senior officers from Power sector, Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Power (MoP) has emphasized on a roadmap to ensure uninterrupted power supply, especially for the months of April and May 2023. The power utilities have been directed to undertake maintenance for coal-based power plants well in advance – so that no planned maintenance is required during the crunch period. Also, all imported-coal-based plants have been directed to run at full capacity from 16th March 2023.
With a view to solving challenges that normally arise because of inadequate supply of coal, steps have been taken to improve the situation. The Railway Board has assured availability of enough rakes for transport of coal. The Ministry of Railways has agreed to provide 418 rakes to different subsidiaries of CIL, GSS and captive blocks. They will also enhance the number of rakes as and when required.
As per the present state of affairs, we need gas-based power to meet any peak demand. Considering that, MoP has directed NTPC to run its 5,000 MW gas-based power stations during the crunch period in Apr-May. In addition, 4,000 MW of additional gas-based power capacity would be added by other entities for availability during the summer months. GAIL has already assured the MoP of the necessary supply of gas during the summer months. All the hydro plants will operate in consultation with RLDCs/ SLDCs (Regional/State Load Dispatch Centers). An additional capacity of 2,920 MW would be made available through new coal-based plants. Also, if required, two units at Barauni (2X110MW) will be made available during the crunch period. Thus, apparently we will not face any shortage of power supply during the coming summer months.
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