"The meeting of the Standing Linkage Committee (Long-Term) for power/sponge/cement to review the status of existing coal linkages/letters of assurance and other related matters will be held on February 19," according to a Coal Ministry memorandum.

Amid continuous delays, the Cabinet Committee on Investment had earlier said timelines for signing fuel supply pacts for power projects of 78,000 MW capacity should be met.

State-owned Coal India has signed 157 fuel supply agreements with power producers for a capacity of 71,145 MW, missing two deadlines.

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said that the remaining supply agreements would be signed once technical glitches are addressed.

Coal India will supply as much as 80 percent of a power producer's requirements, of which 65 percent will be sourced locally and 15 percent will be met through imports.

The mining company last month invited fresh applications for supply of coal from overseas to meet its obligations to power producers under the fuel supply agreements. It plans to import 5 million tonne of coal.

(Agencies)

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