Ranchi: The NTPC Coal Mining division aims to achieve annual coal production of 71 MT by the year 2028. Addressing a press conference here Partha Mazumder, Regional Executive Director (Coal Mining) welcomed the August gathering of media persons and conveyed his gratitude for the constant support.
Addressing the media persons he shared the key highlights of NTPC Coal Mines and its performance. He said, NTPC Ltd, the country’s leading integrated energy producer, had a substantial 140 percent increase in coal production from its four operational captive mines in April 2023, if compared with the production achieved in April 2022. The company produced 2.75 million tonnes (MT) of coal during the month, a marked improvement from 1.11 MT in April 2022.
NTPC also reached its all-time high in monthly coal despatch, with 2.95 MT in April 2023, representing a 140% increase over the previous year. The company’s coal production for FY23 totaled 23.2 million tonnes, a 65 percent growth compared to the prior year, driven by output from its four operational coal mines located in Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh.
Briefing the media, he added that in the last concluded FY, coal production started from Chatti Bariatu mine, South pit (extension) and West Pit of Talaipalli coal mine, which added more coal production and supply to NTPC power stations with good quality of coal from NTPC Coal Mines. This year, NTPC has been given the target of 34 MT by the Ministry of Power, Government of India and Mazumder added that it will be achieved with the support from all stakeholders and best efforts by NTPC and its. associates.
The significant uptick in coal production is credited to the adoption of digital initiatives by NTPC’s coal mining teams, which have elevated operational excellence and improved safety in mining operations. Key digital initiatives include a digitized safety management plan called e-SMP; a mobile app for safety, Sachetan; People & Machinery Tracking system in the mine; Integrated Coal Management System etc.
He informed that under CSR, apart from the community development activities being undertaken by the coal mining projects of NTPC, Coal Mining HQ took up an initiative to sponsor 80 youths including 4 girls from all coal mining project areas & its vicinity from the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh for skill development training in two courses Machine Operator Injection Moulding and Machine Operator Plastic Processing.
The courses were carried out in association with Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Ranchi for a duration of 6 months with nearly 100 percent job placement. NTPC coal mining also acknowledges the responsibility of reducing the carbon footprint. The working areas are equipped with dust suppression and water-sprinkling systems. The monitoring of emissions, SOx, NOx, particulate matters, etc. are being done continuously, and tree plantation is being done at all available opportunities and new initiatives are being taken for the installation of solar panel at mines overburden area.
Electrically operated HEMMs have also been introduced in the mines. Coal transportation by road has been reduced by operationalizing the conveyor system (one of the largest in Asia) at Pakri Barwadih mine and the use of rail transport from the pit head to powerplant Dulanga and Talaipalli mines. He informed that NTPC has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, NTPC Mining Ltd. (NML) and the Ministry of Coal, Government of India has recently given the permission for transfer of NTPC’s coal mines to NML. Now the asset transfer processes shall be carried out.
The media interaction was attended by Naveen Jain, CGM (SSCC& M) TK Konar, GM (Technical Services) K S Murthy, GM (Human /Resources) Apruba Ghosh, AGM (Engineering), Ranjeet Prasad, AGM (Mining) Ziaur Rahman AGM (HR) and Amit Kumar Behera Senior Manager (Corporate Communications).