April 22, 2013 / 12:56 PM / 5 years ago

India's thermal coal output up 3.3 pct y/y in 2012/13-source

NEW DELHI, April 22 (Reuters) - India's thermal coal
production rose 3.3 percent to 508.32 million tonnes in 2012/13,
while coking coal output declined 4.5 percent to 49.35 million
tonnes, provisional figures obtained from a government source
showed on Monday.
    Production of coal, which fuels more than half of India's
power generation, nudged up 0.2 percent in March from a year
earlier to 54.24 million tonnes, the figures obtained by Reuters
    Despite being the world's third-largest coal producer,
India's imports of fuel have risen steadily in the past few
years as capacity additions in the power sector have outpaced
domestic coal output growth.
    The world's fourth-biggest importer of coal produced 557.7
million tonnes of coal in 2012/13, 3.3 percent higher from a
year ago, which included 7.14 million tonnes from the
northeastern state of Meghalaya, the figures showed.
    The total coal output, which is about 96 percent of the
energy-hungry nation's annual target, is marginally higher than
the 557.5 million tonnes announced by Coal Minister Sriprakash
Jaiswal on Thursday. 
    "That (the minister's) was the provisional figure then (last
week). Now, this is the provisional figure. Slight variation is
always there," said the source, who declined to be identified as
he is not authorised to speak to the media.
    State-run Coal India Ltd, the world's biggest
miner, produced 452.2 million tonnes, continuing to account for
about 80 percent of the country's total output.
    Following is a table on India's coal production, in million
tonnes, in 2012/13, versus the previous fiscal year.
                           2012/13          2011/12
Producer              Target     Actual      Actual
Coal India Ltd        464.10     452.19      435.84
Singareni Collieries   53.10      53.19       52.21
Captive and others     57.20      45.15       44.69
TOTAL*                574.40     550.53      532.74
*Excluding Meghalaya, with estimated production of 7.14 million
tonnes in 2012/13 versus 7.21 million tonnes in 2011/12. Figures
are rounded off.
SOURCE: Government.

 (Reporting by Malini Menon; Editing by Jijo Jacob)
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