Anxious to bridge the ever-widening gap between the rising demand for coal and its inadequate supply, the Coal Ministry today said the country would have to import 82 million tones coal to fire its blast furnaces and power turbines in 2010-11.

Sanjay Dutta | TNN

New Delhi: The coal ministry wants to take back the mines that were offered to the oil ministry for tapping gas trapped in layers of coal

The coal industry has set a task for its former mentor, chief minister Shibu Soren. It has urged the new government to start laying of tracks in North Karnpura coalfields within five years.

What could be described as the maiden success of any policy initiative announced by the Mayawati government in her 30-month rule, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar mills has announced that it will invest Rs 1,600 crore for creating 400 MW power generation capacity through five new coal-based plants

The UPA government

In its quest for securing coal reserves, state-run behemoth Coal India Limited (CIL) has built a Rs 5,000-crore war chest to acquire overseas coal mines and meet the growing demand from steel and power companies.

In a major shift from its policy to equip the state-run and private power utilities with captive coal blocks to meet their production needs, the Coal Ministry is now actively considering allocating nearly 130 blocks to its behemoth Coal India Limited (CIL).

Most of the plants are located in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: The Union Coal Ministry on Friday cracked the whip on power companies by cancelling coal linkages of 25 captive power plants (CPPs). These plants with a combined capacity of 1,292 MW required 5.844 million tonnes of coal annually.

For progressive improvement in the economic growth of a developing country like India, sustainable energy supply is of paramount significance. Coal, being a relatively cheap and abundant energy resource in contrast to a very low hydrocarbon resource potential in India, remains the focus of attention of the energy planners ever since the oil crunch of the early

Dark, dark days ahead?

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Jan. 20: Power cuts in February are a serious possibility if coal supply does not increase, said state minister of power and non-conventional energy sources, Mr Mrinal Banerjee, today.

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