Coal India Ltd (CIL), for the purchase of 96 dumpers of 240 t capacity, has issued a letter of award of Rs. 2900 crores to Belaz, a Belarus based mining equipment manufacturer. CIL is endeavouring to ramp up its production and productivity and modernising its equipment is a step in that direction. The Maharatna Company’s Board has given its approval to close the deal.
The amount for the purchase of the dumpers would be met out of the company’s own finances. Dumpers are primarily used in opencast mines and aid in the transport of bulk materials like over burden, which is an important performance criterion.
The purchase package includes the cost of the dumpers and spares for 8 years, including the 1-year warranty period. Belaz received the contract through a global tender process.
The first batch of 6 dumpers would start arriving within 8 months of signing of the contract. Thereafter, on CIL’s green signal of their performance, the remaining quantity would be delivered in batches of 4 every month.
“This move is in line with improving our production and productivity in opencast mines,” stated a Senior Company Executive.
The latest addition of these 96 dumpers to CIL’s heavy earth moving machinery fleet would be deployed in South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), taking the total tally of its 240 t dumpers to 162, with 66 previously in operation. 240 t dumpers are of the highest capacity in the country presently and in CIL they are deployed only in SECL.
84 of the 96 dumpers would be put into operation in the Gevra project and the remaining 12 in Kusmunda. Both are mega opencast projects of SECL. Once deployed, Gevra's count of 240 t dumpers would increase to 116, with 32 already existing. The number would go up to 32 in Kusmunda with 20 currently operational.
Laying emphasis on modernisation and replacement of its aging equipment, CIL has earlier procured 77 dumpers of 150 t capacity from Belaz for Gevra project. To be operationalised in five OC projects of Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL), in a first, CIL has ordered 190 t capacity dumpers numbering 102 from Caterpillar. While NCL projects account for 84 of these 102, the rest 18 are deployed in Rajmahal project of Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
SECL, is the largest coal producing subsidiary of CIL which contributed to 25% of CIL’s total coal output of 602 million t in 2019 – 2020. Close to 61% of SECL’s total coal production is derived through opencast mines where the dumpers play a productive role. Incidentally, SECL also contributed to 47% of CIL’s total underground production during 2019 – 2020.
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