Coal India set to boost supplies by at least 15 million tonnes annually
The additional supply will be enough to fuel almost 4,000 MW of power plants through the year, which will rise as more coal is transported, the executives said. The increased availability comes as demand for power rises with temperatures climbing in the summer.
To begin with, the first two subsidiaries will load seven additional rakes, which will be increased to 13 over the next few months. Each rake can typically carry about 3,800 tonnes of coal and an average of 1.4 million tonnes of coal annually. According to senior Coal India executives, a 20-kilometre stretch connecting Tori and Balumath in Jharkhand is complete and rakes have started moving. Another 22-kilometre stretch connecting Balumath and Shivpur is expected to be completed this month.
“There are two railway sidings and a goods shade at Balumath while there are another two sidings at Shivpur. This stretch can start carrying five rakes of coal a day soon. It can be increased to eight within a few months,” the Coal India executive said.
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