Non-Coking Coal Washing Capacity
There are 3 existing non-coking coal washeries of Coal India Limited with a capacity of 13.50 Million Tonnes per Year ( MTY) and 31 non-coking coal private washeries of capacity of 87.20 MTY in the country. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. The capacity utilization of the existing Non-coking coal washeries of Coal India Limited (CIL) is 77.19 % during the year 2014-15 (till January,2015) as given below:-
i) Gidiwashery (2.5MTY), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL): Commissioned in 1970.It has crossed its rated life. Presently it is running with 13.37% capacity utilisation only.
ii) Piparwarwashery (6.5 MTY), CCL: Commissioned in 1997 and is in operation with 99.63% capacity utilisation.
iii) Binawashery (4.5 MTY), Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL): Commissioned in 1999 and is in operation with 80.24% capacity utilisation.
The performance of outlived GidiWashery has resulted in overall lower percentage utilisation of non-coking coal washeries of CIL.
The Minister further stated that CIL has a plan of setting up 15 more washeries with a total capacity of 93.1 MTY. Of these, 9 are non-coking coal washeries with proposed capacity of 74.5 MTY, and 6 are coking coal washeries with proposed capacity of 18.6 MTY. Out of these fifteen proposed washeries, 3 are already under construction. Action has also been initiated for taking up the balance washeries, the Minister added.