Delhi chief minister warns of power crisis due to coal shortage

Workers drill in an open pit coal field in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand state in eastern India on September 18, 2012. REUTERS / Ahmad Masood

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned on Saturday of an energy crisis in the Indian capital due to a coal shortage, which has already led to power outages in some of the eastern states. and north of the country.

“Delhi could face an energy crisis,” Kejriwal said in a tweet in which he also shared a copy of a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointing out a fuel shortage at power plants in and around Delhi.

Kejriwal urged the federal government to divert coal and gas supplies to utilities that supply the capital, saying the city is home to strategic centers of national importance and the supply is critical to hospitals and coronavirus vaccination centers. .

A crippling coal shortage has led to supply shortages in states such as Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, with residents of the regions experiencing power outages that extend up to 14 hours a day.

India said on Saturday that it will facilitate gas supplies to enable the operation of two power plants in Delhi. State NTPC Ltd (NTPC.NS) It has also been ordered to increase coal reserves for coal plants in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh to ensure supply. read more

The power supply shortage in Uttar Pradesh, which faces elections in early 2022, had risen to 5.6% on Friday, the highest in recent days, federal government data showed.

In India, more than half of the 135 coal-fired power plants, which supply about 70% of the country’s electricity, have fuel reserves for less than three days, Reuters reported on Friday.

Demand for industrial energy has risen in India after the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with increased economic activity pushing up coal consumption in the world’s second largest consumer of this product.

Additional reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal Editing by Clelia Oziel, William Maclean

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