Coal India set to boost supplies by at least 15 million tonnes annually – by Debjoy Sengupta (Economic Times – May 22, 2018)

KOLKATA: Coal India is set to increase supplies by at least 15 million tonnes annually in the next few weeks, with three new rail projects linked to high-capacity mines almost complete, company executives said.

The additional supply will be enough to fuel almost 4,000 MW of power plants through the year, which will rise as more coal is transported, the executives said. The increased availability comes as demand for power rises with temperatures climbing in the summer.

The new rail links will benefit mines belonging to Coal India subsidiaries Central Coalfields, Mahanadi Coalfields and South Eastern Coalfields.

To begin with, the first two subsidiaries will load seven additional rakes, which will be increased to 13 over the next few months. Each rake can typically carry about 3,800 tonnes of coal and an average of 1.4 million tonnes of coal annually.

According to senior Coal India executives, a 20-kilometre stretch connecting Tori and Baluma in Jharkhand is complete and rakes have started moving. Another 22-kilometre stretch connecting Balumath and Shivpur is expected to be completed this month.

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