Coal India Ltd is identifying locations across the country for coal beneficiation projects that would have a combined capacity of 80 million tonnes (mt). Beneficiation is a variety of processes by which the extracted coal is reduced to particles that can be separated into mineral and waste, the former suitable for further processing or direct use.
“We have asked the four CIL subsidiaries to identify the locations where the coal beneficiation projects could be setup,” CIL director (technical) N.C. Jha said.
“Coal companies have identified that 80mt of coal would be needed for beneficiation. Once the subsidiaries identify the locations, tenders will be invited,” he added.
The total coal production by the four CIL subsidiaries stands at 363mt. A total of Rs8,000 crore would be invested by CIL till 2025 for coal beneficiation or coal washeries projects in a bid to improve quality. CIL, as part of the coal beneficiation project, would set up washeries under the build and operate concept. Private companies with core competence in the state-of-the-art coal washing would be encouraged.
All future open-cast mines, with a capacity of 2.5mt or more per year, will have a facility for coal washing.