Saturday, August 27, 2016

Coal India Limited to invest Rs 12,834 cr in 2016-17

MAHARATNA PSU Coal India Ltd (CIL) will invest Rs 7,765 crore as capital expenditure and Rs 5,069 crore in various other projects in 2016-17, its annual report released on Friday said.
"The capital expenditure for the year 2016-17 has been set at Rs 7,765 crore. In addition, an ad-hoc provision of Rs 2 crore has been kept for its overseas activities.
"Further, company has planned to invest Rs 5,069 crore in various other projects viz. railway infrastructure, super critical thermal power plant (STPP), solar power, revival of fertiliser plants, procurement...
of railway wagons and CBM (coal bed methane) during 2016-17," the report said.
The coal mining behemoth has envisaged production of 908.10 million tonnes (mt) in 2019-20 with a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 12.98 per cent with respect to 2014-15.
During 2016-17, the coal production target has been pegged at 598.61 mt with an annualised growth of about 11.6 per cent. In 2017-18, coal production is expected to be 660.7 mt with a growth of about 10.5 per cent.
The PSU has been focusing on mechanical mining. Its chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya points out: "The path is to go towards fully mechanical technology. The company is continuously trying to increase production through mechanised mining."
He also said that around 94 to 96 per cent of open cast mining is done mechanically at present. To boost production, it depends on open cast mining; however, this requires uprooting of trees and dislocating people.
The total number of employees is around 3.2 lakh of which around 19,000 are officers.
The PSU aims to bolster its workforce, as the world’s largest coal miner eyes one billion tonne output by 2020. Coal India, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, has a workforce of over 300,000. Boosted by the output growth of 9 per cent by CIL, the government had earlier asked the coal miner to ensure that it meets the target of 550 million tonnes (MTs) output for the current fiscal.Operating through 81 mining areas CIL is an apex body with seven wholly-owned coal producing subsidiaries and one mine planning and Consultancy Company spread over eight states.

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