New Delhi (22.01.2021): Three subsidiary companies of Coal India Ltd. - Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL), Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) and Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) have received the "Coal Minister's Award" from Prahalad Joshi.
The award is given in recognition of promoting the best and sustainable practices for coal mining in the country.
NCL bagged the award for outstanding performance in coal production & productivity, while CCL and WCL earned the awards for adopting best safety practices and sustainable mining respectively.
During the award-giving ceremony, Minister Joshi also launched ‘Project Passion’–the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) of Coal India Ltd (CIL) which will help improve business performance and growth of the company with enhanced data integrity.
ERP in Coal India is implementing in two phases. The first phase, already launched, covers operations of CIL headquarters and its two subsidiaries WCL and MCL. Phase-II will cover the other 6 Subsidiaries and will be made operational by August this year.
“Implementation of ERP will help CIL in real-time decision making, improving efficiency & reducing costs. It will empower CIL to achieve 1 billion tonne coal production by FY 23-24 and make it one of the most efficient mining companies in today’s dynamic and ever-changing energy scenario,” said Joshi.
The Minister inaugurated a new Coal Handling Plant (CHP) at Krishnashila Coal Project of NCL via video conferencing. Having 4 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) coal handling capacity, this state of the art CHP will transport coal through Conveyor Belts and Rapid Loading system to Anapara Thermal Power Station (ATPS) of Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited and Renusagar Power Division of Hindalco.
KrishnashilaCHP is part of CIL’s 35 First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects with over 400 MTPA capacity that the company aims to complete by FY 23-24 with a whopping investment of Rs. 12,500 crores.
“I am happy that coal companies are swiftly moving for First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects that will improve the coal evacuation process and help protect the environment. This will not only lead to transparency but also make the lives easy for the people residing in and around mining areas,” Joshi said.
By adding Krishnashila CHP, Coal India has successfully made three of its FMC projects operational with 30 MTPA capacity. Two projects, one each in SECL and MCL with a combined capacity of 26 MTPA are already operational since February and April last year respectively. The remaining 32 FMC projects are in different stages of completion and scheduled to be completed by the end of FY 23-24. CIL at present does mechanized coal handling of over 150 MTPA. With the completion of all these 35 FMC projects, the mechanized coal handling capacity of the company will zoom to 550 MTPA.
Secretary (Coal) Anil Kumar Jain; Chairman; CIL, Pramod Agarwal; CMD, NCL, PK Sinha; CMD, CCL, PM Prasad; CMD, WCL, Manoj Kumar and other dignitaries participated in the video conferencing.