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Coal India Ltd's Rs.11K Cr push for eco-friendly coal transport under Phase III

Posted On : 2022-10-24 11:31:22( TIMEZONE : IST )

Coal India Ltd's Rs.11K Cr push for eco-friendly coal transport under Phase III

Strengthening its network of eco-friendly coal transportation, Coal India Limited (CIL) has initiated 17 more first mile connectivity (FMC) projects under phase-III. At an estimated cost of Rs.11,000 Crores these projects have been planned for a loading capacity of 317 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

CIL is preparing a rollout plan to float tenders for the latest projects by FY 2025. Commissioning would be in two years thereon by FY 2027. These are in addition to existing 44 such projects that the company is actively pursuing under two phases.

Catalyzed by positive results shown by a pilot study, in two of its OC mines, on environmental and economic benefits of loading through FMC projects CIL is pursuing this mode actively. Results have indicated significant reduction in particulate matter, CO2 and other gaseous emissions compared to despatch through rail sidings.

Of the identified 17 projects MCL and CCL would put up 6 each followed by SECL with 3 projects. WCL and BCCL would have a solitary project each.

It is significant that MCL, CCL and SECL account for 15 of the upcoming projects. The present projection indicates that between them they would contribute to the bulk of future production at more than two-thirds of CIL's total.

"We have expanded the scope of loading through FMC projects. Now, every coal project having production capacity of 1 MTPA and more would move coal through FMC mode. This is subject to techno-economic viability and the 17 projects have been identified under this criterion" said a senior official of CIL. Under phase-I, only those projects having 4 MTPA output capacity were included for FMC mode evacuation.

The company is also supplementing FMC projects by dovetailing 12 rail connectivity projects with them at an estimated cost Rs.1700 Crores. The plan is to commission rail connectivity by FY 2027 when Phase III projects are expected to turn operational.

24 rail connectivity links have already been identified for 35 Phase I FMC projects at a Capex of Rs. 3660 Crores. Of these 4 are already commissioned and 20 under construction.

Including the existing 151 MT FMC evacuation capacity, all projects under three phases are aimed at transporting 940 MTs of coal through environment friendly transportation system. The loading capacity of 35 Phase I FMC projects and that of 9 Phase II projects is 415 MTs and 57 MTs respectively.

"Carbon footprint suppression would be sizeable when FMC projects are implemented at full capacity" said the executive.

Shares of Coal India Limited was last trading in BSE at Rs. 238.65 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 240.90. The total number of shares traded during the day was 113990 in over 1650 trades.

The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 241.00 and intraday low of 238.20. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 27309572.00.

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