India’s coal import fell by 9 percent to 17.32
million tons (MT) in April on the back of ample supply of dry fuel from
domestic sources even as most of the thermal stations in the country are being
run on a hand to mouth existence..
The Coal imports (all types of coal) in April
2018 stood at 17.32 MT (provisional), about 9 percent lower than 19.08 MT
recorded for April 2017, according to ministry sources
Import demand from thermal power plants remained
low due to ample supply from domestic sources, claimed the ministry sources.
Two days ago, the Delhi government had complained
that the thermal stations in the National Capital had only one day stock of
coal and the capital is faced with the prospect of a black out.
In the Coal market, buyers were tentative in view
of the high volatility in prices. Also, pet coke demand was low as users have
been switching to U.S. coal to avoid pollution issues, Of the 17.32 MT dry fuel
imported, the import of non-coking coal was 12.3 MT, followed by coking coal at
The lower volume of coal and coke imports in
April could be attributed to a fall in non-coking coal and pet coke imports
during the month.
And essentially the main reason why India will
see an increase in coal imports would be an increase in demand of coal from the
power generation during the summer months.
The government had this month decided to augment
coal supplies to centre/state power plants and independent power producers from
May 19 to June 30 to overcome shortage of the dry fuel and check power crisis.
The decision was taken in a joint meeting of power, coal and railways ministries
ten days ago.