CIL approves 32 mining projects involving incremental investment of over Rs 47,000 crore

The board of directors of state-owned CIL has approved 32 coal-mining projects in the current financial year (till January), indicating an incremental capital of around Rs 47,300 crore. While 24 of the 32 projects are expansion of the existing ones, the remaining are greenfield units, Coal India Ltd (CIL) said in a statement. “Scripting a record high…CIL has approved 32 coal mining projects in the current fiscal till January 2021,” the PSU said.

The combined incremental peak capacity of these projects is projected at 193 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). This will be in addition to the already sanctioned capacity of 303.5 mtpa. The approval of the projects enables subsidiaries of CIL escalate their production in the ensuing years. Both CIL board and boards of the respective subsidiary companies have given their nod for the move.

CIL is trying to replace coal imports through its own coal and any increase in domestic production would play a catalytic role in this effort. Of the 193 mtpa capacity of 32 projects, CIL’s three subsidiaries – South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) and Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL) Ltd. – with 167 mtpa form the bulk at 86.5 per cent.

SECL with six projects at an estimated incremental investment of Rs 18,657 crore accounts for 63.5 mtpa, followed by CCL at an investment of Rs 7,520 crore for 10 projects of 56.6 mtpa. MCL with three projects would add up to 47 mtpa at an investment of Rs 14,057 crore. The rest, nearly 26 mtpa, would be met through Eastern Coalfields Ld, Northern Coalfields Ltd and Western Coalfield Ltd with the remaining investment between them.

“Concurrently, in tandem with production, the company is also strengthening the rail evacuation infrastructure through setting up rail lines, sidings and first-mile connectivity projects in the companies from where the majority of the output is expected,” CIL said. CIL accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal output.

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