Sweltering Heat and Electricity Crisis - Railways Deploy Open Wagons & India to Import Expensive Gas
India's LNG importers are also turning to top up with expensive shipments.
The Railways are loading an average of around 28470 wagons with coal daily to meet the coal demand of power plants. The situation is such that even damaged wagons are put in operation to move coal. The Railways are also running 3-5 trains together, a coal train usually gets upto 84 wagons, to expedite transportation.
Rakes are detained during coal loading and unloading that takes around 10 days in some cases. To expedite the movement of coal rakes, the Railways has also increased operation duration of rakes by 2500 Km, resulting in providing the rakes more running time - instead of 7500 Km, rakes are sent to garage after 10000 Km.
A tonne of extra load the coal trains are carrying, that have a loading capacity of about 7.1 MT ! This has not only affected loading of other commodities but passengers trains running are also affected.
Sweltering heat and electricity crisis is also forcing India turning to expensive foreign gas.
Unusual purchases of high cost LNG for India's cost-sensitive power generators illustrates how a domestic coal shortage is forcing the South Asian nation to look for alternative fuel no matter the prices, further elevating international LNG demand.
Natural gas make up just a small portion of India's power mix, but coal scarcity and hotter weather has triggered scheduled blackout, threatening to upend the economy. In 2020, 4% of nation's electricity came from natural gas, while coal contributed around 71% of electricity. more