New Delhi: Coal Secretary Anil Kumar Jain on Friday stressed the need to increase dry fuel production and shipments in a sustainable manner to make the country self-sufficient in the energy sector. While interacting with senior officials of Coal India-arm Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL), the Secretary also called for the adoption of innovative techniques while mining to reduce its impact on the environment.
He also asked the PSU to adopt business diversification strategies.
Jain said NCL was keen to promote sustainable coal mining, which is reflected in recent coal miniratna initiatives, the coal ministry said in a statement.
Jain and co-secretary Vismita Tej were visiting NCL to assess the company’s overall performance. NCL CMD Bhola Singh and other senior officials were also present.
Jain also laid the foundation stone for a 50 MW solar power plant in the Nigahi region of Madhya Pradesh. The plant will be installed on an area of 129.35 hectares of land with a total power generation capacity of 94 million units per year and will lead to a reduction in carbon emissions of 78020 tons per year.
The electricity produced will be used for operational and other purposes by NCL.
The company is expected to soon reach 273 megawatts of electricity generation from renewable sources to meet the Net Zero goal.
Jain visited the Nigahi surface coal mine and supervised the operation of the mine. He also inspected the site of the ongoing First Mile connectivity project in the Jayant area. NCL is working on nine First Mile connectivity projects with an investment of over Rs 3,100 crore of which two projects have already been completed.
With the completion of these FMC projects by FY24, NCL will be able to ship all coal produced by an environmentally friendly and mechanized mode.
NCL produces over 122 million tonnes of coal annually from its 10 highly mechanized surface mines based in Singrauli and Sonbhadra districts of MP and UP states.