MoP issues directions to gencos to import coal for blending upto 6 per cent till September 2023

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has directed all power gencos in the cou­ntry to import coal for blending up to 6 per cent (by weight) for the remaining period of the current fiscal year and the first half of 2023-24, that is, up to September 2023. The domestic coal supply of the gencos that do not follow these instructions will be restricted to a pro-rata basis. The directions have been issued in light of the infrastructure-related logistics constraints of railways and anticipated domestic coal supply shortfalls. The likely supply of domestic coal during the first half of 2023-24 is estimated to be around 392 mt and 24 mt would be the anticipated shortfall during this period. This shortfall is expected to be made up by blending with imported coal.