NTPC has awarded the mine developer-cum-operator contract for its Dulanga coal mine in Odisha. In addition, the company is soon likely to begin production at the eastern quarry of the Pakri-Barwadih coal mine in Jharkhand. The coal production from the western quarry of the mine had started in December 2016. So far, NTPC has produced over 0.5 million tonnes (mt) of coal from the Pakri-Barwadih mine and successfully despatched 58 coal rakes to its Barh power station in Bihar. Overall, the company is looking to produce 3 mt of coal in 2017-18.