Coal production up by 29% during April amidst power crisis

Coal dispatch to power utilities increases by 18.15% during the period

New Delhi: Provisional statistics of the Ministry of Coal have shown that the coal production in the country has gone up by 29% to 66.58 Million Ton (MT) from 51.62 MT in April, 2022 as compared to April, 2021.

During April this year, Coal India Ltd. (CIL), Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) and Captive mines/others registered a growth of 27.64%, 9.59% and 59.98% by producing 53.47 MT, 5.32 MT and 7.79 MT of coal respectively.

At the same time, coal dispatch increased by 8.66% to 71.30 MT from 65.62 MT during April, 2022 as compared to April, 2020. During April 2022, CIL, SCCL and captive/others registered a growth of 6.01%, 5.53% and 35.69% by dispatching 57.50 MT, 5.74 MT and 8.06 MT respectively.

Of the top 37 coal producing mines, 22 have performed more than 100 % and another 10 mines’ production stood between 80 and 100 per cent.

The power utilities coal dispatch has gone up by 18.15 % to 61.81 MT during April, 2022 as compared to 52.32 MT in April, 2020. Fall in import prices of coal have been observed since the end of October last year. However, international prices are still at high level.

Coal based power generation has registered a growth of 9.26% last month as compared to April 2021 and growth of 2.25% as compared to Mar 2022. The overall power generation in April, 2022 has been 11.75% higher than the power generated in April, 2021 and 2.23% higher than power generated in March this year.

Power generation from thermal plants has been 102529 MU in April comparison to 100276 MU in March, 2022 and registered a growth of 2.25 %. Total power generation has also increased in April, 2022 to 136565 MU from 133584 MU in March, 2022.

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