Defaulter Gencos have to import coal for blending purpose up to 15%: Power Ministry

All the defaulter Gencos would have to import coal for blending purpose to the extent of 15% in order to meet the shortfall of imported coal for blending purpose in Quarter1

Defaulter Gencos have to import coal for blending purpose up to 15%: Power Ministry
If blending with domestic coal is not started by June 15, 2022, then the domestic allocation of the concerned defaulter thermal power plants will be further reduced by 5%./Representational Image

New Delhi: Power Ministry has issued directions to all gencos that if the orders for import of coal for blending are not placed by Gencos by May 31, 2022, and if the imported coal for blending purpose do not start arriving at the power plants by June 15, 2022, all the defaulter Gencos would have to import coal for blending purpose to the extent of 15% (in order to meet the shortfall of imported coal for blending purpose in Quarter1 i.e. Apr-June 2022) in the remaining period up to October 31, 2022. 

It has further said that not much blending has taken place in the months of April and May 2022, the power plants (who have not yet started blending by imported coal) will ensure that they blend coal at the rate of 15 % up to Oct 2022 and thereafter at the rate of 10% from November 2022 to March 2023.

The ministry, in a letter written to State Secretaries/Principal Secretaries and all Gencos, has said that keeping in view the likely less materialization of coal supply from domestic sources as compared with the requirement to meet power demand, domestic coal will be allocated proportionately to all Gencos based on likely availability from June 1, 2022, and the balance requirement will need to be met from imported coal for blending purpose and target set for production in captive coal mines. 

If blending with domestic coal is not started by June 15, 2022, then the domestic allocation of the concerned defaulter thermal power plants will be further reduced by 5%. Accordingly, the revised allocation of domestic coal for the month of July 2022 onwards will be conveyed based on the above methodology. All Gencos have been advised to ensure adequate stocks at their power plants for smooth operation until Oct 2022.

The ministry has directed that the imported coal-based plants should run and the State should import coal for blending, as in the previous years. Ministry of Power had issued directions u/s 11 of the Electricity Act that all the imported coal-based plants start running and most of them have started running. However, the import by States of coal for blending is not satisfactory.

In 2018-19 a total of 21.4 Million Tonnes of coal were imported for blending. In 2019-20, the total import for blending was 23.8 Million Tonnes whereas, in 2021-22, it was only 8.3 Million Tonnes. This is the cause of the stress in the availability of coal.