In an effort to support Make in India, Coal India (CIL), for the first time, has started using an indigenously-made, 205-tonne electric dumper, a critical piece of equipment in mining. The dumper has been developed by state-owned BEML and is expected to increase competition among suppliers, bring down costs and improve availability of spares.
The electric dump truck is on trial at one of the largest Coal India subsidiaries, Northern Coalfields’ Amlohri coal mine, where all low-capacity dumpers are being replaced by larger ones. This e-dumper is the biggest deployed at NCL.
“If the dumper can successfully complete its trial run of six months, BEML will be able to participate in tenders for higher capacity dumpers floated by Coal India. One such tender has been recently floated, which involves procuring 96 high capacity dumpers for NCL at a maximum cost of `1,500 crore.
Another set of 10 dumpers is being procured for Eastern Coalfields,” said a senior executive from Northern Coalfields. NCL chairman and managing director PK Sinha said Read More