Annual coal output up 8.6%, supply rises 18.4% – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s coal production rose 8.6% to 777.2 million tonnes through the yr ended March 2022, the federal government mentioned on Friday, pushed by a surge in energy demand as a result of an financial restoration after the relief of coronavirus-related restrictions.
Coal provide rose 18.4% to 818 million tonnes within the fiscal yr 2021/22, the federal government mentioned, with home provide exceeding annual output by 5.2% as shoppers dipped into reserves to handle increased demand.
Energy provide rose over 8% in 2021/22, the best price of development in ten years primarily as a result of a decrease base in 2020/21, when consumption was battered by nationwide lockdowns to attempt to cease the unfold of the coronavirus.
The electrical energy sector accounts for over three-fourths of coal consumption, and coal accounts for almost 75% of energy manufacturing.
The vitality hungry nation’s coal imports from April 2021- January 2022 fell 16.4% to 173.20 million tonnes, in contrast with 207.24 million tonnes throughout the identical interval the earlier yr, authorities information exhibits.
Imports of non-coking coal, primarily utilized in energy technology, fell 23.3% to 125.61 million tonnes, whereas imports of coking coal, predominantly utilized in steelmaking, rose 9.7% to 47.6 million tonnes within the April-January interval yr over yr.
Manufacturing by so-called “captive mines,” the place end-use of the gas extracted is restricted for self-use, rose 29.5% to 89.6 million tonnes, the assertion mentioned.
The consumption of coal by India, the world’s second largest producer, shopper and importer of the gas, is ready to cross the 1 billion tonnes mark for the primary time within the monetary yr 2021/22.
The federal government is but to launch official information on the imports of the gas for the months of February and March.
State-run Coal India, which accounts for over 80% of the nation’s home output of the gas, noticed its manufacturing develop 4.4% to a document 622.6 million tonnes through the yr.

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