COAL & MINES

Coal India (CIL) output peaked to a new high of 3.17 million tonne on March 20

Coal output by Coal India (CIL) peaked to a new high of 3.17 million tonne on March 20 — the highest ever single day production so far — overtaking the 3.14 million tonne production that the coal mining Maharatna recorded on March 25, 2019.

A CIL said that Mahanadi Coalfields and South Eastern Coalfields — two of the highest producing subsidiaries of the company who between them make up for around 50% of Coal India’s entire production — contributed 0.93MT and 0.81MT respectively to this feat.

“This 3.17 MT is the highest ever single day production so far,” said an official of the company adding “in the remaining days of the month we aim to better this figure and increase further”. In fact, the production could have been even higher but for a disturbance at Lingaraj of MCL.

CIL’s production started a path of healthy recovery from October 2019 onward after a prolonged and severe monsoon impeded its production tempo. Against 240.93 MTs in the first half of the FY 2019-20 the company produced 276.85 MTs in the next five months from October 2019 to February 2020

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