Surplus coal availability resulted in declining imports

Surplus coal availability resulted in declining imports

17/03/2017 12:08

The total coal imports have been consistently reducing over the last three years, said Piyush Goyal, union minister of state (I/C) for coal, power, new & renewable energy and mines in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The Minister said in a statement that, “In 2016-17, as on 31.12.2016, 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 import in 2015-16 was 199.9 MT as compared to 217.8 MT in 2014-15.”

In the power sector, the coal being imported for blending with domestic coal has been decreasing and the quantity of coal imported by the power utilities in 2015-16 decreased to 37.1 MT from 48.5 MT in 2014-15, he added.

Moreover, 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.

On coal stocks in India, Goyal said that in 2016-17, there has been decline of coal stocks at pitheads of CIL as well as at power plants.

He further 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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