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Indian Utilities Coal Imports in H119 Rise - CEA

Coal News - Published on Tue, 23 Jul 2019

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Reuter, citing India’s Central Electricity Authority, reported that coal imports by Indian coal utilities during the H1 2019 rose 53.4% from a year earlier to 35.47 million tonnes. Demand for seaborne coal imports in India has risen because of a fast rising population and the unavailability of alternative fuels such as natural gas. Imports for power plants at the port of Mundra, in western India’s state of Gujarat, made up 42% of all imports by Indian utilities during the first half of 2019.

Imports by Adani Power Ltd’s Mundra plant more than quadrupled from a year earlier to 9.01 million tonnes, while coal shipments by Tata Power Ltd’s utility rose over 6% to 6.07 million tonnes. The utilities have been ramping up imports of thermal coal after India’s top court in October eased their earlier stance and paved the way for passing on increased generation costs to consumers.

The power plants were forced to cut imports and slash electricity generation after the court barred them from increasing prices for customers in 2016, after their coal supplier Indonesia raised the price of coal.

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest electricity generator, shipped in 1.4 million tonnes of coal to various ports during six months ended June 2019, about 11 times of what it imported a year ago.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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