Coal India has decided to supply 25% of its planned production to the non-power sector, while the rest would be supplied to the ‘high-priority’ thermal power generators. “Non-power is expected to start receiving 25% of Coal India’s production beginning January, which would continue into 2019-20 as well,” a senior Coal India executive told.
The dry fuel supplier is expected to supply 680 million tonnes of coal during the current fiscal. Between January and March next year, it is scheduled to produce a minimum of 170 million tonnes, 25% of this is about 42 million tonnes.
At present, anything between 85% and 90%, and in certain cases the entire production, is sent to power sector for days together. In the recent past, Coal India subsidiaries had received directions from government and railways to load their entire production for certain period to the power sector when the sector was facing acute coal shortage due to higher power demand.