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CIL’s production grows 8% in 1Q FY25

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Staying ahead of its progressive target, Coal India Ltd (CIL) has raised its coal production to 189.3 million t in the first quarter ending in June, FY25. This was 13.8 million t more in volume terms compared to corresponding quarter of FY24, posting nearly 8% growth. Production during last fiscal’s same period was 175.5 million t. Moving past the target of 189.2 million t CIL achieved 100% satisfaction in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

While all the seven producing arms of CIL achieved positive growth, five of them have breached their respective targets. CIL’s output for the month of June 2024 rose to 63 million t, growing by around 9% over last year’s June when it produced 58 million t. The month’s output increase in volume terms was a strong 5 million t.

On the back of a strong production growth and increased coal loading, CIL’s total supplies shot up to 198.4 million t during April – June 2024 with 6% year-on-year growth. The increase of 11.4 million t in absolute numbers came over a high base of 187 million t.

At a time when the power demand in the country is spiking up, CIL’s supplies to the coal fired plants grew by 4% to 160 million t during the first quarter of FY25, with a year-on-year jump of 6 million t. CIL’s off-take to thermal power plants was 154 million t in the same period of FY24. CIL’s supplies to non-power sector of 38.4 million t, logging a 16% growth during the referred period, were an all-time high for the first quarter of any year to date. This sector was supplied 33 million t in April – June 2023. The growth for the month of June 2024 alone was 23% at 13.4 million t.

On an average CIL loaded 325.7 rakes per day to power sector during the first three months of the current financial year. This was 19 rakes more per day compared to 306.7 rakes that CIL loaded in the first quarter FY24 marking a growth of 6%. This includes loading from CIL’s own sidings, private washeries, and goods sheds. One rake corresponds to approximately 4000 t of coal.

The total average coal loading registered a healthy double digit growth of 10.3% y/y at 367.2 rakes/day. For the comparative period of last year the same was 333.

Coal inventory at CIL’s pitheads stood at 81.5 million t at the end of the first quarter FY25, 40% higher than 58 million t for the comparative period of last year, providing sufficient buffer to meet any sudden gush in demand.

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