Kolkata: Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal miner, has finalized a production target of 492 million tonnes (mt) for the fiscal year that starts on 1 April, about 6% higher than the current year’s expected production.
The target was finalized in a meeting last week with officials from India’s planning commission, CIL chairman S. Narsing Rao told Reuters.
The state-controlled miner, which produces about 80% of India’s coal, is under pressure from the government and power producers to ease fuel shortages at home, but has struggled for years to raise output due to problems in obtaining environmental and regulatory approval.
Output levels have remained nearly flat for the past two years and it missed its production target last year.
The company is aiming to supply 464 mt of coal this fiscal year ending March, an increase of about 7%. The company is fairly close to achieving this target, but performance in the last two months would hold the key, Rao said.
“It is still a tight situation, but the next 66 days can tilt the scales,” he said.
So far this year, CIL has produced 20 mt more compared with the same period last year, but now needs to push up production by another 9 mt in the remaining period.
India produced 240.32 mt of coal in the first half of the current fiscal year, up 8.2% from a year earlier, figures provided by a government official showed. Reuters