New Delhi: India’s power utilities may import 43 million tonnes (mt) of coal in the year ending March to meet a shortfall in production from domestic mines, the government said.
The total demand for coal from thermal power plants in the country is estimated at 405mt, Sriprakash Jaiswal, the junior coal minister, said in the lower house of Parliament on Wednesday.
India’s production of thermal coal may increase 7.1% to 496.1mt in the year ending March, Jaiswal said.
India plans 77% increase in N-power capacity
New Delhi: India plans to increase nuclear power generating capacity by 77% in two years as projects under construction are completed, the government said.
India’s nuclear power capacity will rise to 7,280MW by 2011 from 4,120MW currently, junior minister for science and technology Prithviraj Chavan said in the lower house of Parliament.
Nuclear power accounts for 2% of India’s current generation capacity, Chavan said, adding that India plans to build additional atomic power projects using reactors made locally and with international cooperation.