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Punjab facing power cuts due to Indian coal shortage

  • 6 days ago (2021-10-11)
  • David Flin
Asia 677 Coal 186

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has cut power generation and imposed load shedding as a result of severe coal shortages. PSPCL said that daily power cuts of up to three hours will remain in the state until October 13.

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Officials at PSPCL said that because of depleted coal stocks, coal-fired power plants are operating at less than 50 per cent of their generation capacity. PSPCL said that state-owned units have coal for four days, while private power thermal plants have coal stocks of up to 1.5 days.

A Venuprasad, Chairman and MD of PSPCL, said that the utility was facing acute coal shortage in all the coal-based plants across the state. He added that the neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana, and Rajasthan faced a similar situation. He said that coal supplies are improving, and with the expected fall in demand along with improving coal stocks, the situation should ease from October 15.