Coal India plans to produce petroleum oil in Jharkhand
Coal India is considering producing petroleum oil at its Chatra coal mine in Jharkhand. Petroleum oil from coal is part of the state-run coal behemoth's diversification plan and it will soon invite an expression of interest for it, Coal India chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya said. The Chatra mine comes under its subsidiary Central Coalfields. Oil from coal can be used in automobiles. With crude prices on the rise, it will be a viable option for the company. Having been able to meet most of country's coal demand, the miner now plans to diversify into related fields to keep its bottom-line healthy.