The Coal Ministry has identified 11 mines to produce coal bed methane (CMB).
The coal ministry along with Coal India and Singareni Collieries have decided to bring 70,000-odd coal contract workers under the ambit of the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO).
The coal ministry dismissed reports of a coal shortage in the thermal power sector and said that supply to the power sector was up by 21 million tonnes during the April-August period this year.
Economic Times reported that in view of the continuing disputes between Coal India and power consumers over loss of quality of coal during transport, the coal ministry has reiterated that once coal in loaded on rakes the miner’s responsibility on the quality of coal ends.
The coal ministry has allocated 11 mines to Coal India Ltd (CIL) arms – Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL), Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL) and Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL).
NLC India, a Navaratna company that comes under the Union coal ministry, has lined up a capital expenditure of Rs 1.29 trillion for increasing its mining and power generation capacity.
Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday said that in order to meet the requirement of thermal power plants (TPPs), Coal India Limited (CIL)
The coal ministry has cancelled mining license for Mandla South coal blockwon by Jaypee cement following sale of attached plants to Ultratech Cement.
The import of thermal coal is likely to increase in the coming months, as Coal India is set to miss its production target again – for an 11th straight month – causing a fuel shortage at the country’s thermal power plants.
Reliance Power said that its 3,960 MW Sasan ultra mega power project has got the permission from the coal ministry to increase mining output by a million tonnes every year to 18 million tonnes.