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Coal India Ltd awards contracts for two coal washeries

World Coal,

Coal India Ltd is looking to ensure a better quality of coal product and has awarded contracts for the construction of two coal washeries.

The Government of India said that comprehensive measures for enhancing domestic coal output were being put in place along with stringent mechanism for quality control and environmental protection, which includes supply of crushed coal and setting up of washeries. 

The contracts for these two washeries are part of a larger effort to build 16 washeries with an aggregate capacity of 100.6 million tpa.

“Construction job of three washeries are in progress and the same for two washeries have been awarded," Coal India said in a report. 

It added: "Jobs of other washeries are in different stages of evaluation." 

Of the 16 coal washeries, six are metallurgical coal with a capacity of 18.6 million tpa and 10 thermal coal washeries with a capacity of 82 million tpa.

The company currently operates 17 washeries with a total capacity of 39.4 million tpa.

The company needs to improve the quality of the coal it produces, especially since the Ministry of Environments and Forests restricts the use of coal containing over 34% ash content in power plants located 1000 km from pit heads. 

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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