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Government of India
Ministry of Coal
26-November-2010 15:38 IST
20 New Washries Proposed to Augment Availabilty of Quality Coal
Parlimentary Consultative Committee of Coal Meets
With a view to augment availability of quality coal in the country, Coal India Limited(CIL) has proposed setting up 20 new washeries and made it a policy to develop integrated washries in case of all new mining projects of 2 mt per annum capacity. Besides this a number of steps are being taken to overcome the quality problems of coal which include selective mining, crushing, sizing, shale picking and joint sampling. This was informed by the Minister of Coal, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal to the members of parliamentary consultative committee here today.

Briefing the members about efforts being made to improve quality of coal being supplied by CIL, Shri Jaisawal said that coal washing is being promoted by the Government as a measure of encouraging clean coal technologies as it also an important both from economic and environment points of view. A number of studies have clearly highlighted benefits of using washed coal in improving the economics of power generation and also reduction of emission. He said, at present CIL operates 17 coal washeries out of which 11 are coking coal washeries and 6 are non-coking coal washeries with the total washing capacity of 39.40 MTY. As a long term strategy CIL is planning supplying washed coal to consumers located away from pit heads and alongside also develop big opencast mines of 2MTY capacity with integrated washeries. Proposed 20 new washeries will be set up on a modified “Build, Operate and Maintain” (BOM) basis at an estimated cost of approximately Rs. 2500 crore. With these efforts, the capacity of coking coal washeries will increase from existing 22.18 mtpa to 43.28 mtpa and the capacity of non-coking coal washeries will increase from the existing 17.22 mtpa to 107.22 mtpa which will help in augmenting supply of better quality coal.

Members were informed that in the XII Plan period, CIL will be expanding its mining activity and since all new mines with capacity of 2 MTY will have washeries. CIL expects to wash about 90% of the additional coal produced during XII Plan from new mines, he said.

Participating in the discussions, members suggested that effective measures should be taken to check pilferage of coal and pollution. One member suggested to explore the technology of gasification and dry washing of coal. Members were of the opinion that coal linkages to the power plants should be provided from the nearest possible coal-block and strict monitoring mechanism should be developed to ensure good quality of the coal.

Members participated in the discussions were Shri K. Raj Gopal Reddy, Shri Hemanand Biswal, Shri Ganesh Singh, Shri Pashupatinath Singh, Shri Poorika Balaram Nayak, Shri Raja Ram Pal, Shri Somabhai G. Patel, Shri Devidhan Besra, Shri Yashwant Sinha and Shri K.S. Alagiri (Lok Sabha), Ms. Anusuiya Uikey (Rajya Sabha) and Shri Yashvir Singh and Shri Ramkishun (Permanent Special Invitees).