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Amid coal supply concerns, Navratna PSU NLC ups production to over 2MT, Government News, ET Government

Amid coal supply concerns, Navratna PSU NLC ups production to over 2MT
Amid growing concerns over depleting coal reserves, for the production of electricity in the country, the Navratna PSU NLC India Limited (NLC) has announced to have enhanced its coal production at its 20 MTPA at Talabira II & III Open Cast Mine plant in Odisha to over 2 million tonne (MT) till date during its first full year of operation.

During April and September 2021, CIL produced 249.8 million tonnes of coal, almost 13.8 million tonnes more than in the same period last year. However, the off-take performance, or the total supply during April and September 2021, has been over 307.7 million tonnes, an increase of over 55.2 million tonnes from what was supplied last year during the same period.

Coal India usually stocks its own reserves and power plants during April-May. However, due to the second Covid wave, this was delayed. Secondly, during the monsoon, imports and transportation within India also gets delayed.

Meanwhile, the Union coal mines and parliamentary affairs minister, Pralhad Joshi has expressed happiness over the increase in supply of coal to thermal power plants from all sources.

“Happy to share that cumulative coal supplies to thermal power plants from all sources including @CoalIndiaHQ recorded more than 2 million tonnes yesterday. We are increasing coal dispatch to power plants further to ensure sufficient coal stocks at power plants,” Joshi tweeted.

According to the Union coal ministry, NLCIL has already taken steps to achieve the target of 6 MT per year from its original schedule of 4 MT during the current year and considering the high demand of coal, NLCIL is taking all out efforts to augment coal production of Talabira Mine up to 10 MT for the current year and up to 20 MT from next year onwards.

Further the coal produced is being transported to one of its ‘End Use Plants’, NLC Tamilnadu Power Limited’s 2 x 500 MW at Tuticorin, a subsidiary of NLCIL. The entire generated power is catering to the requirement of the southern states, major share (more than 40%) to Tamil Nadu.

Recent Amendment to Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act on Mineral Concession Rules by Ministry of Coal, has enabled the Mine for sale of excess coal after meeting the coal requirement of End Use Plant. Accordingly, permission from the ministry of coal has been sought to sell the excess coal.

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