India Suffers Electrical Brownouts from Coal Shortages

October 26th, 2011
in econ_news

Econintersect:  Strikes, floods and general bad luck at coal mines have combined forcing coal fired power plants to reduce output under demand levels.  Brownouts for two hours a day are common occurances throughout most of India.  According to the Economic Times today (October 26):

Many plants, including units run by leading energy companies such as NTPC, Reliance Power, Sterlite and Damodar Valley Corp had coal stocks for less than seven days, a condition that the Central Electricity Authority says is "critical".

Follow up:

Latest CEA data shows that number power projects with critically low stocks of coal increased to 48 on Monday from 44 two weeks ago. Thirty plants had "supercritical" stock that would last less than four days. There are 89 coal based electricity generation stations in India that have a capacity of 86,000 mw.

NTPC's Singrauli, Mejia, Vindyachal and Damodar Valley's Kodarma projects and few other projects with about 9,000-mw had no coal stock as against a normative requirement of 15-20 days. On an average coal plants have stocks for barely seven days.

Most major industry has backup generators, but the economic effect of these brownouts cannot be positive.  Senior Indian government officials are giving assurance that enough coal is currently being shipped from the mines - but electric industry sources are claiming the amounts being shipped are too low to rebuild stockpiles.

Sources: Reporters on the ground and Economic Times


 









Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.















 navigate econintersect.com

Blogs

Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day
Weather

Newspapers

Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government
     

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Digg

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution

Contact

About

  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2016 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved