SECL produced record of 144.71 MT coal
South Coalfields’s (SECL) production rose by 3.36 MT in 2017-18 against 140 MT in 2016-17 as it produced a record 144.71 MT of coal in 2017-18.
Coal import call by power ministry temporary
The recent decision of allowing states to import coal which was drawn by the Union Power Ministry is temporary in nature, informed Piyush Goyal, Coal Minister. He further confirmed that there has been a steady growth in coal production and dispatches by Coal India.
Coal supplies: Losing ground
India has celebrated its moment under the sun when a few months back the then power minister announced that it has turned surplus in power supply. Though the statement has its share of ifs and buts, significant improvement in coal production was the reason for this.
India's problems with coal sector continue | BTI
In January 2017, India’s coal imports declined by 22 per cent to 14 million tonnes because of lukewarm demand from power generating stations. Coal India Limited, which accounts for 80 per cent of domestic coal production, has posted its worst ever financial results for H1-FY17 as revenues declined even as expenses rose. At the same time, PLF of thermal power stations continues to be near all-time lows of under 60 per cent.
The domestic power sector has notched remarkable advances over the last few years across the entire value chain. With the highest coal production growth in over two decades adding to fuel supply scalability, augmentation of generation capacities, increase in transmission lines and record consumption levels with the distribution of 2.3 crore LED bulbs, India has emerged as the fifth largest producer and consumer of electricity with a capacity of 302 GW.
Coal secretary promotes clean mining
Union coal secretary Sushil Kumar said the government is all set to focus its coal production strategy on low ash clean for environment conservation as coal continues to remain the prime source of energy in India. He said that the government wanted to increase clean coal production through cleaning units (coal washeries) in different coal-producing states.
NTPC strikes coal in Jharkhand
NTPC Ltd has struck coal from the seams of the Pakri Barwadih mine in Jharkhand after the removal of around 7 lakh cubic metres of rock and soil overlying a mineral deposit. NTPC officials said the power producer was expected to lift coal from the mine.
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