One of the thermal units at Mettur generating 600 MW has been shutdown as the coal scheduled to arrive from West Bengal and Odisha has been delayed due to the floods in the mines.
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, presided over the inaugural session of the day-long Workshop on Â‘Quality of CoalÂ’ as Chief Guest in New Delhi. The workshop included brainstorming and technical sessions among the stakeholders of the coal and power sectors to bring in greater efficiency and self-sufficiency in the two sectors in India.
India has total coal stocks of 80 million tonnes (MT) at its power plants and coal mines put together at the end of February, thanks to the ongoing slump in the demand for power from distribution utilities and the low capacity utilisation of thermal power stations.
The Ministry of Mines had organised the first National Conclave on Mines & Minerals on 4-5 July 2016 at Raipur jointly with the Government of Chhattisgarh. It was an astounding success, owing to overwhelming support of all stakeholders of the mining industry. All the participants expressed great satisfaction on the organisation and outcome of the conclave.
In the early 1970s, the Government of India took over the management of coal mines in two tranches. The process kick-started with the nationalisation of coking coal mines in 1971-72, followed by non-coking coal mines the following year. With the enactment of the Coal Mines Act, 1973, all mines were nationalised.
Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, has launched Â‘Coal MitraÂ’, a Web portal for flexibility in utilisation of domestic coal. He also released reports on Â‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission an EnablerÂ’, Â‘Green Energy Corridor IIÂ’ and Â‘Electricity Demand Pattern AnalysisÂ’.