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Coal Fuel Security for Power Plants

March 9, 2010

The Ministry of Coal has awarded coal linkages for 22 GW of power capacities with a clear focus on projects likely to be commissioned in the XIth plan period. The allocations ensure fuel security for power projects, while increasing the burden of responsibility for Coal India Ltd (CIL) to meet increasing demands from the power sector.

Lanco Infratech has been awarded linkage for 660 MW at Amarkantak, ensuring full fuel security for the expansion phase of the Amarkantak project.

NTPC has secured linkages for 2,390 MW of power capacities likely to come onstream during the current plan period, though applications for the super-critical units were not considered as the same are not likely to come onstream during the current plan period

Jindal Steel and Power has been allocated a linkage for 1,200 MW of the 2,400 MW expansion planned alongside its extant plant at Raipur, Chattisgarh.

JSW Energy was awarded linkages for 50% of its capacity of 1080 MW in Barmer.

Adani Power has been allotted an incremental fuel linkage of 792 MW to allow for 30% blending for its imported coal based capacities aggregating 4,620 MW at Mundra

Reliance Power has been allotted a firm linkage for 300 MW of Phase-II expansion at its plant site in Butibori

The key trends inferred from the allotment of coal linkages – Priority for projects likely to commission in XIth plan period, Imported-coal based plants awarded domestic linkage for 30% blending, Costal captive plants based on domestic-coal allocated linkage for 70% of capacity and finally Allocation for washery-reject plants deferred, pending firm allocation policy

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