India expected to commission 10 thermal coal power plants in 2022-23, add 7,010 MW

India is expected to commission 10 thermal power units of an aggregate 7,010 MW capacity in fiscal year 2022-23 (April-March), the largest such addition since 2017-18, according to a status report by the federal power ministry released June 3.

Market participants believe the capacity addition may bode well for coal consumption in the coming years.Of the 7,010 MW capacity, 3,580 MW will be under the union government and 3,430 MW will be under various states.

Most of the upcoming generation units already have fuel supply agreements with various subsidiaries of state-run Coal India Ltd., according to Central Electricity Authority, or CEA.As much as 3,300 MW of upcoming capacity is expected to source coal from captive coal blocks allocated to these units, while the 1,600 MW Telangana plant will procure coal from state-run Singareni Collieries Company Ltd.

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