Coal imports by power plants 47% less for April-August

During April-August 2021, the import of all varieties of non-coking coal reduced to 70.85 MT from 84.44 MT during the corresponding months of the 2019-20, representing a decline of about 16.09 per cent.

Indian power plants imported 47 per cent less coal during April-August this year compared to the period last year due to high prices of the fuel in international markets. During 2021-22 (up to August 21), the imports of non-coking coal, used mainly in the power sector, fell to 15.24 MT from 28.69 MT during the same period of 2019-20. Due to a substantial fall in imports of non-coking coal in the current year, the total import of coal reduced to 94.15 MT in the period from April to August 2021 compared to 107.01 MT during the corresponding period of FY 2019-20, a decrease of about 12 per cent. The total domestic dispatch of coal has gone up by 9.44 per cent to 317.69 MT in the current year (up to August 2021) as compared to 290.28 MT in the same period of 2019-20.

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