The raw coal production during April to November 2018, reached the 433.896 million tonne (mt) compared to 394.910 mt during the same period of 2017, according to the Ministry of Coal. The overall growth in Coal production during the period stood at 9.8%.
Mainly, as stated by the Ministry of Coal, the production of Coal India Limited (CIL) during the period was at 358.322 mt and offtake was at 392.091 mt.
During the financial year 2017-2018, CIL has approved five opencast projects having a total capacity of 24.85 mt per year and sanctioned capital of ₹ 4264.90 crore.
The Ministry’s statement noted that in order to address the issue of evacuation of coal from three potential coalfields, Government of India has taken up implementation of Three Railway Projects in Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Concluding, despite the higher production, the stock position of Power Houses having critical and super critical stock for the year become worse. As of November end, thermal power plants with critical or super critical levels of coal had trimmed down stocks at 8 days or 12.94 mt.