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Coal India yet to sign fuel pacts for 4,000 MW

Coal India

New Delhi: Amid fuel shortages, state-owned Coal India (CIL) is yet to sign fuel supply pacts with power plants for around 4,000 MW.

The government, in 2012, had issued a presidential directive to CIL asking the PSU to seal supply agreements with power producers for a capacity of 78,000 MW.

There are delays in signing even as the government has time and again made promises of providing round-the-clock electricity to all by 2019.

The coal and power ministries are now under one minister — Piyush Goyal.

Out of 78,000 MW of capacity, Coal India (CIL) has inked fuel supply agreements (FSAs) for a capacity of 74,000 MW so far, an official said.

FSAs for the remaining 4,000 MW could not be signed due to various issues, including non-achievement of goals by power producers, the official said.

Many earlier deadlines for the signing of FSAs have lapsed, too.

Coal India, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, missed the output target for 2014-15 by 3 per cent, recording 494.23 million tonnes.

The output target was 507 million tonnes for the fiscal.

In 2013-14, the company had clocked production of 462.53 million tonnes of coal.

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