Aluminum industry signals coal shortage crisis
Even though the government has taken several steps to address the problem of the coal shortage in many power plants across the country, the aluminum industry – which operates captive power generation units to supply electricity. electricity to its factories – complained about the fuel crisis that is brewing in the sector. . In a letter to the Union Ministry of Coal and Coal India (CIL), the Aluminum Association of India called for “an immediate resumption of coal supply against secure links for sustainable industrial operations” .
To provide more fuel to power plants, sources said CIL’s subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields had asked Indian Railways to provide fewer rail rakes from the Sardega siding and the basin. coal IB in Odisha in order to restrict supply to consumers in the non-electricity category. “This ad hoc decision without notice crippled the industry and the industry did not have time to design a mitigation plan to pursue sustainable operations,” CIL industry informed in a letter also sent to the ministry. Union coal. .
Aluminum is an energy intensive industry where coal accounts for around 40% of the cost of production. To reduce grid dependency, approximately 9,000 megawatts (MW) of captive power plants have been set up by industry to meet their critical need for uninterrupted quality power supply. Sources from CIL said the company does not regulate the supply of coal to continuous processing units like cement, aluminum and “does not intend to do so,” adding that “the coal companies of CIL have also been informed accordingly “.
Although it has not said anything on the supply of non-energy sectors, the government has officially announced its decision to regulate the supply of low-utilization power plants with coal stocks of more than 10 days, and instead fuel will be supplied to power plants in need with low stock but operating at a high plant load factor. According to government data, units with a combined capacity of 1,19,087 MW had fuel stocks that would last less than eight days as of September 20.