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Web Exclusive | December 2012

Coal shortage in 12th plan pegged at 185 mn t

India may face coal shortage of 185 mn t during the 12th five-year plan as power capacity addition outpaces growth in coal production. It is learnt that coal production by the terminal year of the 12th Plan may touch 795 mn t.

During the 11th Plan, coal production was increased by 110 mn t and there was a gap of 140 mn t. Coal India Chairman and Managing Director S Narsingh Rao said it was not possible to meet the complete coal demand from indigenous sources till the 13th Five-Year Plan period. This is despite Coal India’s production growing at 8-9 per cent. He said this at the Fourth Coal Summit 2012.

He said CIL needs to supply coal to additional 90,000 mw capacity over the 306 million tonne (mn t) supplied to thermal electricity generation plants currently. Rao said that the company would introduce a mechanism of “internal environmental audit’’. This would be treated as important as production and offtake, he added.

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