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SECR’s Raipur division clocks 32.73 MT of raw material loading in FY16
The Raipur division of South East Central Railway (SECR) recorded loading of 32.73 million tonnes (MT) of raw material in the wagons for transportation to various industrial units and power plants across the country during 2016-17, officials informed.
Notably, the South East Central Sector which includes Chhattisgarh is also set to play a key role in Central Government’s ambitious coal loading and transportation plans.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed last year between Ministry of Railways and Coal India Limited (CIL) which will lead to procurement of 2000 wagons (33 rakes) in the first outgo, officials stated.
The agreement which will result into speedy supply of wagons for coal loading in dedicated circuits.
Initially, the rakes will be inducted and run in the 2 main coal loading Zones of Indian Railways i.e South East Central coal sector and East Coast circuit.
These rakes will be inducted in circuits for transporting coal from MCL Talcher & IB area and SECL to Paradip/Dharma ports, Vishakhapatnam area and the power houses of Nagpur/Raipur region.
Under this strategic partnership, the wagons will be procured by Indian Railways on behalf of CIL, the maintenance of these wagons will be done by Railways at its own cost. Also, the brake vans will be provided by Railways itself.
SECL has put its underground (UG) coal production target projections at 22 million tonnes (MT) by 2019-20.
The company compared to its underground coal excavation target by the aforesaid period has set a significantly higher coal production target projections from its open cast (OC) mines at 228 MT, officials stated.
Notably, SECL has commenced the process for setting up the 5.0 MTPA Baroud Coal Washery in Raigarh district of the State.
The Washery will be set up on Build-Operate-Maintain (BOM) basis.
It may be recalled that SECL will provide the capital funding for setting up of the Washery and also other infrastructural facilities like land, water, power etc.
Notably, the Central Government has also decided to transport coal above G10 level only after being washed from October 1, 2017. The decision is taken to tackle the quality issue of the coal produced.
In order to meet the rising demand, Coal India Ltd has been setting up 15 new washeries with a total capacity of 112.6 million tonnes per annum. Out of these washeries, six are Coking Coal washeries with total capacity of 18.6 million tonnes per annum and nine Non-Coking washeries of 94.0 million tonnes per annum. Apart from these, 3 washeries of 11.6 million tonnes per annum are under construction, officials stated.
Notably, CIL has decided to set up washeries in its various subsidiaries to reduce the quantity of ash and other not useful component from coal so as to make it competitive in comparison to imported coal across the country.
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