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MAY 2019

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May 2019 15 worldwide news continued shipments of thermal coal in the cur- rent year. "In order to reduce imports and as advised by the Ministry of Coal, CIL will hold one-to-one meetings with coal consumers for import substitu- tion in 2019-2020," a communication from the miner said. Imports of thermal coal by power companies were up 13.5% at 164.21 million tons during 2018-2019 against 144.99 million tons in the previous fiscal year. Largest thermal power producer, state-run NTPC Ltd. increased its coal imports three times during the past fiscal year at 960,000 tons, according to government data. However, power generation com- panies have maintained that mere higher supplies would not be a suf- ficient reason for domestic power producers to reduce their import shipments. In a communication to the government, the Association of Independent Power Producers (AIPP) has claimed that domestic coal min- ers were steadily increasing reserve price in the range of 10-32% for coal offers for sales through spot forward e-auctions. And the higher reserve price ensured that to secure supplies through bidding, a power company had to pay a premium ranging 30- 40% over notified price of coal. This had triggered a piquant situa- tion where domestic coal-based power companies were losing out in compet- itiveness of electricity pricing vis-à-vis imported coal-based power plants. If high domestic prices were sustained, the former, too, would be forced to re- sort to imports even though higher vol- ume supplies might be available in the domestic market, independent power producers said in a communication. Bryn Bach Coal Wants to Extend Operation at Glan Lash Mine bosses have asked for more time to extract coal from an open-cast site, on top of separate plans to extract a further 110,000 metric tons (mt). Bryn Bach Coal wants to extend the time of its current operation at Glan Lash, near Llandybie, Carmarthernshire, from March 31 to June 30, according to Wales Online. The company originally gained planning consent from the county council to remove 92,500 metric tons (mt) of coal from 2012, along with a requirement to progressively restore the nearby Tir-y-dail tip site, create a new cycle path and restore Glan Lash mine after work has ceased. The orig- inal deadline for removing the coal was December 31, 2016, but it has been extended since then. Bryn Bach Coal Director Chris James said it would be the final time extension for the nine-hectare site, which currently employs nine people. He added, "The Tir-y-dail tip has been there for about 100 years — we've covered it, re-seeded it, planted trees and put footpaths in." He said a cycle path had also been created. James said Bryn Bach Coal had also submitted a pre-application enquiry to Carmarthenshire Coun- cil to mine 110,000 mt of coal from a 10-hectare site to the north of the current Glash Lash operation. A non-technical summary of the proposal said, "The proposed exten- sion is a continuation of the current development and therefore the im- pacts on the environment and the amenity can be confidently assessed using data gathered during the oper- ational phase of the current site." South Korean Buys Land for Bylong Valley Coal Mine For nearly a decade, a South Korean government-owned company has bought up land in the Bylong valley between Denman and Mudgee to establish a coal mine. KEPCO, which is 51% owned by the government, identified Bylong as a place to mine high-quality coal to export to South Korea and keep its coal-fired power stations delivering electricity to the domestic market. Significant to the Bylong project is the election of a progressive South Korean government in 2017, which pledged to address the twin issues of serious air pollution and carbon emissions by shifting away from coal- fired power generation and toward renewables. c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s June 10-12, 2019: NCTA Operations and Maintenance Confer- ence, Ritz Carlton Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri. Contact: Web: June 23-25, 2019: Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI), Vail, Colorado. Contact: Web: August 27-28, 2019: Illinois Mining Institute, Marion, Illinois. Contact: Web: August 27-29, 2019: AIMEX, Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia. Contact: Web: September 11-13, 2019: Bluefield Coal Show, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield, West Virginia. Contact: Web: www.bluefieldchamber. com/bluefield-coal-show. October 30-November 2, 2019: China Coal & Mining Expo, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. Contact: Web: November 13-15, 2019: XIX International Coal Preparation Congress & Expo 2019, New Delhi, India. Contact: Web: November 24-28, 2019: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. Contact: Web:

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