Decline of coal stocks at pitheads of CIL, power plants: Goyal

In the power sector, the coal being imported for blending with domestic coal has been decreasing.

GN Bureau | March 17, 2017


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In 2016-17, there has been decline of coal stocks at pitheads -- the top of a mining pit or coal shaft -- of Coal India Limited (CIL) as well as at power plants, said union minister Piyush Goyal.
 
Goyal, while giving a written reply to question in Lok Sabha, said that the total coal imports have been consistently reducing over the last three years. In 2016-17, as on December 31, 2016, the figure has reduced to 144.87 MT as compared to 146.12 MT for the same period in 2015-16. Further, the total coal imports in 2015-16 was 199.9 MT as compared to 217.8 MT in 2014-15.
 
                 Year / Coal Stocks (MT) 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 (as on 05.03.17)
Pit Head (CIL) 53.47 57.64 56.33
Thermal Power Plants 26.10 38.87 26.48
 
The minister said that in the power sector, the coal being imported for blending with domestic coal has been decreasing. The quantity of coal imported by the power utilities in 2015-16 decreased to 37.1 MT from 48.5 MT in 2014-15.
 
 In 2016-17, up to January 31, 2017, the power utilities have imported 16.6 MT coal as against import of 31.6 MT during the same period in 2015-16. For 2016-17, estimated coal demand on provisional basis has been assessed to be 884.87 MT, of which respective demand of steel, cement and captive power including fertilizer sector, has been assessed to be 56.62 MT, 34.37 MT & 91.11 MT respectively, the minister added.
 
Goyal said that to enhance production from the coal mines and introduce the state of the art technology along with global best practices, 39 projects (9 projects post 2014) with Surface miners, Powered Support Long Wall (PSLW) and Continuous Miner (CMs) have been sanctioned and implemented in CIL as an ongoing process till now.
 

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