06 Mar 2024

India Extends Mandate for Utilities to Import 6% of Coal Needs Until June

06 Mar 2024  by reuters   

A worker sits on a truck being loaded with coal at a railway coal yard on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave/file photo Purchase Licensing Rights
The Indian government has extended the mandate for the country's power producers to import 6% of their coal requirements until June, despite adequate domestic availability, amid transport constraints and higher electricity demand, a power ministry note said on Tuesday.

India last year had asked utilities to import 6% of their coal requirements until March due to an unprecedented surge in power and coal demand.

Despite record production by state-run Coal India, which accounts for about 80% of India's domestic production of the fuel, constraints with the country's railway network necessitated imports, the note said.

The ministry estimated peak power demand to reach upto 250 GW in summer (April-June 2024), 3% higher than the record 243 GW in September last year.

Coal accounts for about 75% of India's power generation, with coal-fired plants accounting for more than three quarters of India's use of the polluting fuel.


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