The government’s effort to increase domestic coal production and power demand falling with the onset of the winters will check coal imports, a senior coal ministry official has said. Power plants across the country had imported 6.6 MT
India’s coal import increased substantially by 35 per cent to 21.1 million tonnes (MT) in September, as against 15.61 million tonnes in the corresponding month previous fiscal.
India’s coal import rose 11.9 per cent to 78.7 million tonnes in the first four months of the current fiscal.
Higher demand for thermal power and lower-than-required growth in domestic coal output may push up coal imports to 62 million tonne this fiscal, says India Ratings.
The country’s coking coal import increased to 43.53 million tonne (mt) from 38.83 mt during the period April 2017 – February 2018, a jump of 12.10% over same period last year, according to mjunction, a leading e-commerce company.
The income tax department has initiated its ‘inquiry’ against four corporate entities in coal import scam worth thousands of crores, on exceptional request from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
Coal import for power is expected to remain subdued in the coming months of 2017-18 on the back of high shipment in September and October as both public and private generators have stocked up ahead of winter.
Coal import for October came in flat at 16.65 million tonnes, underpinned by cautious buying of the fossil fuel by consumers due to high prices in the overseas market.
Import of coking coal from Canada is likely to rise in future keeping pace with the increase in steelmaking capacity in India, the Steel Ministry said in a statement today.
Coal imports fell by 25 per cent to 14.31 million tonnes in December, due to higher availability of domestic fuel.
The country had imported 19.15 million tonnes of coal in December 2015.