NLC India trying to increase coal production

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New Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): NLC India Limited (NLCIL) has taken steps to achieve the target of six MT per annum from its original program of four MT during the current year and is considering the high demand for coal. The company is making efforts to increase coal production in the country.

New Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): NLC India Limited (NLCIL) has taken steps to achieve the target of six MT per annum from its original program of four MT during the current year and is considering the high demand for coal. The company is making efforts to increase coal production in the country.
Ministry of Coal in its official release said, “NLC India Limited, a Navratna PSU’s 20 MTPA Talabira II & III Open Cast Mine, Odisha has crossed two million tonnes of coal production during its first full year of operation so far. NLCIL has taken steps to achieve the target of 6 MT per annum from its original program of 4 MT during the current year and in view of the high demand for coal, NLCIL may reduce the coal production of Talabira mine for the current year. Making every effort to increase it to 10 MT and by next year to 20 MT.”
The coal produced is being transported to one of the 2 x 500 MW end use plants of NLC Tamil Nadu Power Limited at Tuticorin, a subsidiary of NLCIL. The entire power generated is meeting the requirement of the southern states, Tamil Nadu with a major share (over 40 per cent).
The recent amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act on Mineral Concession Rules by the Ministry of Coal has enabled the mine to sell additional coal after meeting the coal requirement of the end use plant.
Accordingly, permission has been sought from Ministry of Coal to sell the surplus coal.
Meanwhile, the Center is fully geared up to meet the coal demand by the states and power companies and railways. The government is increasing its daily coal production from 19.4 million to 2 million tonnes within a week.
Government sources told ANI today that there is no shortfall in the daily supply of coal to the states and power companies and it is maintaining stock for 5 days. The situation will be back to normal in a month.
There are several reasons for the current scenario. A government source told ANI, “Since January the Coal Ministry has been writing to various states to take and stock coal in their respective states, but no one paid heed. Coal India can stock up to a limit. If We stock coal beyond the limit. There is a risk of fire.”
Rajasthan, West Bengal and Jharkhand have their own mines but they did nothing to extract coal. It is learned that despite the approval, some state governments sat on the decisions and cited COVID and rain as one of the reasons for not doing enough mining.
Prolonged monsoon affected mining and shooting prices of imported coal also contributed to the current situation. (ANI)

First published:October 13, 2021, 6:34 pm

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