IN NEWS: South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. Achieves 100 Million Tonnes of Coal Dispatch

The largest coal mine, Gevra, dispatches more than 30 million tonnes.

  1. Coal India subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL) has achieved 100 million metric tonnes (MT) of coal dispatch for FY 23–24. This is the fastest 100-MT coal dispatch achieved by a Chhattisgarh-based company since its inception.
  2. Last year, SECL dispatched around 85 million metric tonnes of coal in the same period, and thus, during this financial year, the company has registered a growth of 17.65%.
  3. Of the total coal dispatch, more than 80% went to the power sector, as the company dispatched around 81 million metric tonnes of coal to power plants across the country. This is a significant achievement, keeping in mind the upcoming festival season when power demand is set to peak.
  4. SECL mega projects Gevra, Dipka, and Kusmunda located in Korba district( Chattisgarh) have significantly contributed to the total dispatch of 100 million metric tonnes of coal. Gevra, the largest coal mine in the country, has contributed 30.3 MT, while Dipka and Kusmunda contributed 19.1 MT and 25.1 MT of coal, respectively. The total share of all three megaprojects in the total dispatch has been more than 74 percent.
  5. SECL is one of the largest coal-producing subsidiaries of Coal India. The company produced 167 MT of coal (the highest in its history) and accounted for around one-fourth of CIL’s total coal production in FY 22–23. This year, the company has a target of 197 MT of coal production.

South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL):

  1. SECL is the largest coal-producing company in India. The coal mines of SECL are spread across two states, namely Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
  1. SECL operates 65 coal mines, of which 39 lie in Chhattisgarh State, while the rest 26 are situated in Madhya Pradesh State. And of these 65 coal mines, 46 are operated by the underground method of mining, while the rest, 19 mines, are opencast mines.
  1. Along with this, SECL is committed to the operational aspect of the coal carbonisation plant at the Dankuni coal complex; however, the Dankuni coal complex at Dankuni, West Bengal, has been given to CIL on a lease basis.
  1. For effective administrative control and operation, coal mines at SECL have been divided into three groups: Central India coalfields (CIC), Korba coalfields, and Mand Raigarh coalfields.

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