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No Power Outages in Delhi, Power Ministry Dashes Shortage Claims

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New Delhi: The Maximum demand of Delhi was 4536 MW (peak) and 96.2 MU (Energy) on 10th Oct. “As per information from Delhi DISCOMs, there was no outage on account of power shortage, as required amount of power was supplied to them. Power supply position to Delhi in last 2 weeks given below,” said Power Ministry on Tuesday.

The data shared by the ministry shows Delhi’s power supply from September 25 to Oct 10, 2021, wherein there was no deficit of electricity supply.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Power Ministry issued instructions to NTPC and DVC to secure power supply to Delhi. “This will ensure that distribution companies of Delhi will get as much as power as requisitioned by them as per their demand,” it added.

The following directions were given:

  1. NTPC and DVC may offer the normative declared capacity (DC) to the Delhi DISCOMS as per their allocations made to them under respective PPAs, from their coal based power stations. Both NTPC and DVC have committed to provide as much electricity to Delhi as demanded by DISCOMs of Delhi.
  2. NTPC may offer the normative declared capacity (DC) to the Delhi DISCOMS as per their allocations (from gas based power plants) made to them under respective PPAs. The gas available from all sources including SPOT, LT-RLNG etc may be included while offering the DC to Delhi DISCOMs.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the power situation is “very critical” in the entire country even as his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain claimed that the Delhi government has to depend on costly gas-based power and spot purchase at high market rate as the NTPC has halved electricity supply to the city.

Kejriwal said all efforts were being made to address the power crisis and his government did not want that any “emergency situation” is created. “The situation is very critical in the entire country.

Several chief ministers have written to the Centre about it. All are trying together to improve the situation,” he told media persons. Earlier in the day, Power minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government has to depend on costly gas-based power as well as spot purchase at high market rate as the NTPC has halved power supply to the city from the usual 4,000 MW.

NTPC has adequate coal supplies to meet any power requirement in Delhi, sources at the Centre claimed, and added that the discoms can schedule power from its Dadri Power plant.

Jain claimed most of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plants are running at 50-55 percent capacity as their coal stocks are reduced to meet one-two days need.

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Delhi purchases most of its power from NTPC. (Representative Image. Source: Pexels)

Delhi purchases most of its power from NTPC but supply has been halved, Jain told reporters. “NTPC which supplies us 4,000 MW power has reduced it to half currently. This has led us to generation of power through gas that costs Rs 17.25 per unit,” he said. Delhi has three gas-based plants with a total capacity of 1,900 MW, he said.

“The Centre has terminated the quota of cheap gas. We have to purchase it and the generation cost is Rs 17.50 which is not sustainable. Also, we have to resort to spot purchase of power due to the crisis at a high rate of Rs 20 per unit,” said the power minister.

Sources at the Centre said even though the Delhi government has been seeking to surrender power from coal-based power plants in the past, the discoms in the city can schedule power from NTPC’s Dadri Power plant. “There is ample rolling coal stock available, which means coal is being replenished everyday,” they claimed.

Jain said the Centre should accept that coal crisis and address it instead of being in denial mode. Chief ministers of many states, including Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh, have written to the Centre on the issue. Punjab is also facing power cuts, he said.

The demand for electricity in Delhi at present is low. At one time, the electricity demand was more than 7,300 MW, which has come down to 4,562 MW. Even after the demand is low, we have to buy electricity at the rate of Rs 17 to Rs 20, he said.

Coal Availability is Sufficient to Meet Power Plant Demands – Clarifies Ministry of Coal (Source: PIB)
Coal Crisis in India

The reports have emerged that India is looking at Coal shortage crisis at thermal power projects as the number of non-pit head plants with less than four days of dry fuel stock (supercritical stock) has increased to 70 this Sunday compared to 64 a week ago on October 3, as per government data.

According to the latest coal stock data of the 135 plants with over 165 GW of installed generation capacity monitored by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), as many 70 plants are categorised as supercritical stock or having less than four days of fuel on October 10, 2021, compared to 64 a week ago on October 3, 2021.

The data also showed that the number of non-pit head plants having less than seven days of fuel (critical stock) has also increased to 26 on Sunday from 25 such projects a week ago on October 3, 2021.

Besides, the data also showed that the number of pit head as well as non-pit head plants, which had stock of dry fuel for up to one week, increased to 115 on this Sunday from 107 last week on October 3, 2021. However, it showed that the situation at plants with zero day of dry fuel improved as there were 17 such plants with cumulative capacity of 16,430 MW on this Sunday compared to 17 plants with 21,325 MW capacity a week ago on October 3.

This Sunday, 26 power plants with 34,930 MW capacity had fuel for one day compared to 20 plants with 22,550 MW a week ago. Similarly, 22 plants with 27,325 had coal for two days on Sunday compared to 20 plants with 29,960 MW a week ago.

The number of plants having three days of coal were 18 with 24,094 MW capacity on Sunday compared to 19 plants with 22,000 MW a week ago. As many as 13 plants with 15,210 MW capacity had coal for four days on Sunday compared to 15 plants with 16,890 MW a week ago. Those plants which had five days of coal stock on Sunday were 11 with 10,775 MW on Sunday compared to 6 plants with 7,174 MW.

The number of plants with six days of coal stock was eight with 11,450 MW capacity on Sunday compared to nine plants with 9,360 MW capacity a week ago.

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On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Power Minister R K Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi amid the ongoing coal shortage crisis at power plants. During the hour-long meeting, the three ministers were believed to have discussed the availability of coal to power plants and the current power demands. Top officials of the power and coal ministries attended the meeting.

A senior official said that the situation would further improve with the onset of autumn and ramped up coal supplies. The official also stated the union power and coal secretaries would make a detailed presentation on the issue to the Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday.

(With inputs from PTI)

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