KOLKATA: The government has asked Coal IndiaBSE 0.71 % to supply fuel to an additional 18,000 megawatts of new thermal powercapacity that will come up by March 2015, but the state firm feels it will not need to supply any additional coal.
"Extra coal supplies may not be really required. CILBSE 0.71 % has been given to understand that the extra 18,000 mw that has been added to the list of supplies are not likely to come up before the deadline of March 2015. Beyond the deadline we do not know yet," CIL chairman S Narsing Rao told ET.
"Given the pace of construction of these projects, most of these are not likely to come up by March 2015. Even if they come up, they may not have the required power purchase pacts with discoms. Also, most discoms are not inviting bids for securing power supplies from new capacities. Power transmission lines to evacuate proposed generation are also not ready in most cases. We have been given to understand by power ministry that all these three factors summed up increases unlikelihood of any such capacities coming up by March 2015," he said.