The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has officially marked five power stations where coal stocks have reached critical level of which two have been labelled “super critical stock positions,“ in the early signs of a coal shortage in the country after more than a year, according to a financial new paper.
It said that at least 15 power stations have stocks that would last five days or less.
According to the news paper for a pit-head power plant, a critical stock position is attained when coal stacked at its yard is adequate only for four days. A super critical stocks position is when the coal is not adequate for three days.
It says for a non-pit-head power plant critical stock position is attained when coal is not enough for seven days and stocks less than enough for four days makes the stock position super critical for such power plants.
It has been reported widely thta over the last few months Coal India has reduced its production because power plants refused to take additional coal because their stockyards were full.
This slashed the increase in production and sales in the last two months.