Fresh supplies of coal are helping India’s beleaguered power plants restore output following blackouts at several major cities.

By the end of last week the state electricity company in Tamil Nadu said its three plants only had five days’ worth of coal left while the country’s largest power producer, NTPC, was forced to cut generation at its plants.

Now deliveries of both domestic and imported coal are helping get power plants back to business as usual.

Supplies from Indonesia have arrived in Tamil Nadu and Coal India has increased its output from the usual 900,000 metric tonnes per day to around 1 million metric tonnes.

Coal production and deliveries in India have been hit by a combination of heavy rain, which flooded some mines and stalled rail networks, and strike action by workers over wages. New Delhi was hit by blackouts as it had to run on 1 GW less than its usual power.

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