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CIL to Develop Mechanised Loading & Transporting of 506 Million Tonne Coal

Coal News - Published on Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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After zeroing in on 35 projects to create first-mile connectivity for transporting coal, Coal India has identified 14 additional projects under its FMC initiative, facilitating mechanised loading and transporting of more than 506 million tonne per annum. CIL at present does mechanised handling of 151 million tonne per annum; this will witness a more than four-fold increase once all the 49 projects come into operation. The 35 projects brought under Phase 1 have capacity of handling 4 million tonne per annum each and will be executed by 6 subsidiaries. The six subsidiaries together will infuse INR 12,300 crore for all the projects. The 14 projects brought under Phase 2 will be executed by four subsidiaries and together will infuse another INR 3,400 crore, with a total handling capacity of 100.05 million tonne per annum. The 49 projects under both the phases will have a total of 506.5 million tonne per annum of handling cpapcity entailing investments of INR 15,700 crore over the next three-four years. Of the 14 projects under Phase 2, Central Coalfields accounts for five with 62.5 million tonne per annum capacity. Mahanadi Coalfields has a single project of 20 million tonne per annum capacity, Eastern Coalfields seven projects and South Eastern Coalfields one project with capacities of 14 million tonne per annum and 4 million tonne per annum, respectively.

Tenders for these different projects will be floated beginning August this year till the next two years.

The FMC initiative is the system of transportation that will replace the road mode over to seamless mechanised transportation through conveyer belts. Conveyer belts will be covered coal movement from pit heads to despatch points enabling reducing dust and pollution. It will also have the added benefit of computer-aided loading of railway wagons. Since coal will be loaded directly into the wagons from silos, it eliminates manual loading through pay loaders, which is generally prone to overloading or under loading of wagons.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 30 Jun 2020
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