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Ministry of Coal

Import Policy for Coal

             As per information furnished by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), imported coal is being blended with domestic coal (in some power plants) to bridge the shortfall in domestic availability of coal. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. Coal is blended upto 15% subject to feasibility of technical parameters of boiler design etc. Coal imported for blending during the last three years and current year is given below:




















Import of coal by plants based on domestic coal

 ( blended)









Note ( *) April -June 2014


                 The Minister further stated that the reasons indicated for import is lesser coal than quantity assessed for the year include: (i) high cost of imported coal, in general (ii) power utilities’ reluctance to import more coal especially, those plants which are far off from ports; and (iii) electricity generated on imported coal not getting scheduled in merit order operation, and as a result, it leading to sub-optimal utilization of plant capacity. Technical limitation of Boiler design etc. has also been cited as a factor that limits the use of imported coal.


                 As per the current import policy, coal is already  under Open General License (OGL) and consumers are free to import coal from the source of their choice as per their contractual prices on payment of applicable duty, the Minister added.



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