Top sector for foreign direct investment in India

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The high ash content of Indian coal makes it imperative to wash it before it is supplied to the thermal power stations.

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Coal washeries

Points to be noted

  • India's total coal reserves are estimated at about 196 billion tonnes (or metric tons).

  • India's annual coal production is around 254 million tonnes per annum (TPA) and more than 85 percent of that is contributed by the seven divisions of state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL).

  • Most of the non-coking coal produced in India has a  high ash content (40-45 percent on average). This is why CIL proposes to have coal washeries near the pit-heads before it is supplied to the large consumers such as thermal power plants all over India.

  • CIL wants the private sector Indian and foreign companies to set up non-coking coal washeries, on "Build, Own and Operate" basis.

  • CIL will provide land for the washeries near the pit-heads on long lease, but washed coal and washery rejects will remain its property with the private investors allowed to charge a coal beneficiation price.

  • A total of 14 new washeries are to be given to the private sector and/or foreign companies.

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