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MAY 2019

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14 May 2019 worldwide news continued outsourcing model in KK6 Incline, Mandamarri area." The PSU said after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state, Telangana has become a power deficit state, accord- ing to the Hindui Business Line. To overcome the power deficit, Telanga- na government has embarked on an action plan for capacity addition of around 6,000 megawatts (MW ). SCCL is also constructing a pow- er plant of 1,800-MW capacity in the Srirampur area in Telangana. Further, NTPC also has the mandate as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act to set up a 4,000-MW power plant in Telangana. SCCL said, "With the addition of new power plants, there will be an additional demand of SCCL to the extent of 40 mt of coal over and above the existing supplies. There- fore, SCCL, being a state-owned public-sector company, has the re- sponsibility to cater to the needs of the new power plants coming up in the state. Considering the likely expansion of existing power proj- ects and construction of new power units, the production and demand gap will further increase." Peabody Advances Re-ventilation of North Goonyella Peabody Energy said it is proceeding with the ventilation of the first seg- ment of the North Goonyella Mine in consultation with the Queensland Mine Inspectorate as part of a com- prehensive phased re-ventilation and re-entry plan. Longwall production is expected to begin in 2020. "This marks an important first step in the next phase of activities aimed at resuming normal opera- tions at North Goonyella," said Glenn Kellow, Peabody president and CEO. "As we move forward in the process, we appreciate the ongoing support of our many stakeholders including our employees, the union, customers, the inspectorate, neighboring mines, the community of Moranbah and count- less others." Last month, Peabody released a report that said ventilation played a role in the mine fire. During a long- wall move, a change in gas manage- ment to reduce elevated methane levels in the No. 9 North panel, in- cluding changes to the mine's ven- tilation system to increase airflow, inadvertently intensified the oxida- tion of coal that was likely causing elevated carbon monoxide levels. Despite sustained efforts to manage the oxidation from the mine surface, including use of nitrogen to create an inert environment within the No. 9 North panel goaf (gob), the oxida- tion accelerated into a spontaneous combustion event that eventually re- sulted in the fire. Vedanta Chotia Coal Block Output Will Reach 1M MTPY Coal output from Vedanta Ltd.'s mine located in Chhattisgarh will increase to 1 million metric tons per year (mtpy) as it looks to secure 90% of its requirement from linkage and captive block. Bharat Aluminum, part of Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd., had bagged Chotia block during the first phase of coal mine auctions held in 2015. Ve- danta said in an investor presentation that "Captive coal from Chotia block to be ramped up to 1 million mtpy in near term. It said that the output from the captive mine stood at 0.45 million mt in the fourth quarter of last fiscal." Stating that 72% of coal require- ment by the company was secured from linkage and captive block, Ve- danta Ltd. said it was targeting "to se- cure 90% of requirement." The mine has a capacity of 1 million mtpy. Known for its high-quality coal reserves, Balco had bid a price of INR 3,025 per mt during the auctions. Mentioning there was a structural re- duction in aluminum cost, the com- pany said it achieved alumina peak run rate of 1.8 million mtpy during the 2019 fiscal year. The increased local bauxite supply met 30% of the company's requirement. Coal India Targets 8% Production Growth for 2019 Setting a production target of 655 million tons during 2019-20, up 8% over the corresponding previous year. State-run miner, Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has assured thermal power compa- nies a 8.6% increase in dry fuel sup- plies during the current year. India's Coal Ministry has fixed the production target for the current year based on production growth recorded by the miner over the past few years and anticipating that CIL would be able to sustain the growth rates of the past fiscal during which it notched a growth of 7.23% producing 607 mil- lion tons. CIL was confident it would sus- tain higher production growth since it had been able to ramp up the rate from a low of 2.33% during 2016-2017 to levels of 7% in following fiscals, CIL officials said. It pointed out that during March, the miner produced 79.19 million tons, the highest ever production in a single month. The goal would be to sustain such levels through greater deployment of mech- anization and efficient production planning at all its operationally whol- ly-owned subsidiaries. Riding on projected optimizing of production, CIL has assured thermal power companies of higher supplies of 530 million ton of dry fuel during 2019-2020, 8.6% higher than total dis- patch to power plants during the pre- vious fiscal year. Officials said higher dispatch to thermal power producers was based on electricity generation targets and average plant load factors (PLFs) of power-producing companies. With promises of higher volume supplies, CIL has started meeting each domestic thermal power com- panies seeking that it reduce inward Worldwide News Continued from Page 9

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