The coal ministry has again invited bids for four coal blocks whose tender process was annulled in the first round of auction for commercial mining, as the number of technically qualified bidder for each mine was just one. Of the four coal blocks, three are in Odisha and one is in Jharkhand.
Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact cargo movement in India, with thermal coal imports at 12 major ports falling by 17.22% year-on-year to 48.16 million tonnes (MT) in April-November, according to the ports’ body IPA. Coking coal handling dropped by 14.71% to 31.51 MT during the April-November period of the current fiscal.
With surging pithead stock and a surplus scenario in the sector, Coal India is in favour of tweaking its e-auction policy to broaden its customer base and maintain a steady bottomline, an official said. The idea of “putting all e-auction coal in single bucket” will help realise a higher off-take, he said.
India added a 763.47-megawatt (MW) renewable energy (RE) capacity in November this year, which took the total installed RE capacity to 90.39 gigawatt (GW) as on 30 November 2020, according to the monthly Cabinet brief issued by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) recently.
Andhra Pradesh has installed RE generation capacity of about 8,321 megawatt (MW) till 30 November 2020, according to the latest data. The state had an installed RE capacity of about 8,207 MW till September-end and 8,203 MW till July-end this year.