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Coal India Ltd to set up 7 washeries this fiscal

The world’s leading miner, Coal India Ltd (CIL) is planning to set up seven coal washeries at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,000 crore by the end of this fiscal, a company official said on Tuesday. ‘Contracts for seven coal washeries would be placed by financial year 2013-14 with washing capacity of 15-16 million tonnes of coal,’ said T K Sinha, general manager (project monitoring division).

‘Projects will be on a public-private-partnership format. Discussions on four of these washeries are at an advanced stage,’ he said adding that short-listing of prospective bidders have already been carried out for four of the projects. CIL now has 17 washeries, washing around 35 million tonnes of coal.

Observing that there was demand for washed coal from non-power consumers, Sinha said CIL has plans for setting up around 18 washeries with washing capacity of 98 million tonnes, during the 12th plan period.

Meanwhile, the Coal Ministry on Tuesday assured the Karnataka government to look into the state’s request for allotment of mines for its power plants. ‘The Karnataka government has applied for coal blocks for its four plants and I have given assurance to the chief minister that we will look into the request of the state,’ Jaiswal told reporters after a meeting with the new state chief minister Siddaramaiah here. Earlier the Coal Ministry assured Karnataka that it will consider coal allotment to the pithead plant the state is developing in Chhattisgarh. Jaiswal also said the Karnataka government’s demand for coal for five power plants was not possible.

A couple of days back the government had said that allocation of 17 coal blocks to PSUs will be completed shortly. ‘Recently, 14 coal blocks for power and three for mining have been put for offer under government dispensation route and allocation of these blocks will be completed shortly,’ the Coal Minister had said during a conference..
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