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Thermal Coal Imports by Indian Power Plants Surges by 21% in 2019

Coal News - Published on Thu, 23 Jan 2020

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Central Electricity Authority data showed that Indian utilities’ coal imports jumped 21 percent last year, rebounding after a three-year slide mainly due to increased purchases by an Adani Power plant in western India. Imports rose to 69.51 million tonnes, the highest level since 2015, data from the showed. Utilities account for more than 75 percent of India’s annual coal demand. Adani’s mega power plant in Mundra in Gujarat accounted for a quarter of the imports last year, with its shipments rising 75 percent to 17.35 million tonnes.

Federal government-run companies including NTPC Ltd increased imports four-fold to 3.61 million tonnes. Among utilities run by state governments, Tamil Nadu state-run TANGEDCO’s coal imports rose the most, with shipments almost doubling to 5.14 million tonnes in 2019.

Utilities’ overall imports of thermal coal for the 10 months to October rose 12.6 percent to 163.86 million tonnes, coal ministry data showed. Data for thermal coal imports for November and December have not yet been compiled.

Analysts expect overall imports of thermal coal from India, one of the world’s largest consumers of coal, to rise by more than 13 percent in 2019.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Thu, 23 Jan 2020
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