Coal output down 2.5% at 192 MT in Apr-Aug 2011

Coal output down 2.5% at 192 MT in Apr-Aug 2011

New Delhi: The country’s coal production declined by about 2.5% to 192 million tonnes (MT) in the first five months of this fiscal over the year-ago period, mainly on account of less output by Coal India.

The coal output in the first five months of 2010-11 was 197 MT, an official said.

Coal India (CIL) which accounts for more than 85% of domestic production, registered about 2.6% decline in output to 152.4 MT in April-August 2011.

The Maharatna firm had produced 156.6 MT of coal in the first five months of the last fiscal.

CIL’s production in August stood at only 25 MT as against 30.8 MT in the same month last fiscal.

However, state-owned Singareni Collieries Company’s output registered an increase of 2.6% in the period to 19.4 MT against 18.9 MT of the fossil fuel in the same period of 2010-11.

Production from other sources stood at 19.4 MT.

Country’s coal production target for the current fiscal is 554 MT, including 452 MT by CIL.

Earlier, the country’s target for the fiscal was fixed at 680 MT, which was lowered to 630 MT in a mid-term appraisal by the Planning Commission. It has now been revised further downward to 554 MT.

Earlier, Coal India chairman N C Jha had blamed early rains and inclement weather in the eastern region for playing spoilsport for less production.

However, Jha had exuded confidence that the coal firm would achieve the target for the current fiscal.

Coal India is facing delays in environment clearances to its over 150 projects. It had also missed last fiscal’s production target and had recorded 431.325 MT output against revised target of 440.20 MT.