Govt signs MoU for third party testing of coal

Govt signs MoU for third party testing of coal

The Centre Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with coal supplying companies and power utilities. The agreement aims at quality analysis of coal being supplied. The collaboration will enhance energy efficient use of coal by power sector, it is estimated that about 300 million metric tons of coal samples would be analyzed for quality per year.

“I am sure that this initiative will help consumers of India significantly by giving them cheaper more affordable power in the years to come”, power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal said, in whose presence the agreement was signed. Dr. Harshvardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Shri Piyush Goyal was also present.

The Coal Controller of India has started the process of revisiting the coal grades of each coal mine and 22 mines have been verified till date, Goyal said. “In last two years, by and large we have seen a significant improvement in the quality of coal that is being supplied to the consumers. In fact, NTPC has reported a reduction of nearly 20% in the cost of coal, largely by reducing the imports of coal and equally important- the quality of coal, that is supplied by the coal companies,” Goyal added.

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