Kolkata: After arresting the decline in production from its underground mines, state-owned Coal India Ltd today said production from the mines would exceed the target of 54 million tonnes in the current plan period with the help of sophisticated high wall mining technology.
“The production from the underground mines was on the decline which we have arrested and this year CIL is likely to produce one million tonnes (MT) more than last year from underground mines,” CIL Chairman Partha S Bhattacharyya told PTI here.
He said that last year CIL had produced 43.4 MT from underground mines and this year so far the company has produced 0.6 MT additional coal from them.
Stating that the company was trying to procure high wall mining machines from the USA, Bhattachayya said this fiscal one machine was likely to be installed at its subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
The company has plans to procure a number of high wall mining machines and tender has been floated for one for installation at a colliery under SECL.
He said initially CIL would procure the machines on contractual basis.
Asserting that the company would meet the production target of 54 MT from underground mines in the current plan, the CIL chairman said the output would exceed the target with the help of high wall mining.
CIL has a production target of 520 MT in the current plan.
Asked how much additional production CIL would make from underground mines in this plan, Bhattacharyya said that it would depend on the procurement of high wall mining machines.
Stating that underground mining was the focus area in the 11th Plan, he said that to boost production from underground mines, the company was taking the support of powered support long wall technology in the Moonidih mines of its subsidiary Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.
BCCL has signed a long term contract with Chinese company ZMJ on Tuesday for implementation of a long wall project at Moonidih colliery.
He said CIL which had a production of 379 MT last year would produce 405 m.t in the current fiscal.