Coal Imports Rise 12% In September On Improved Consumption
Workers carry a bowl of coal at a coal wholesale market in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coal Imports Rise 12% In September On Improved Consumption

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India's coal import rose 11.6% to 19.04 million tonnes in September on account of a recovery in consumption by thermal power plants and other industries as also helped by competitive prices in international markets.

The country imported 17.06 million tonnes of coal in September 2019, showed data available with mjunction Services Ltd. — a joint venture between Tata Steel Ltd. and Steel Authority of India Ltd., which is a business-to-business e-commerce company, and publishes research reports on coal and steel verticals.

"The steady recovery in consumption by thermal power plants and other industries, coupled with competitive prices in the international markets, led to a resurgence of demand for imports ahead of the festive season," Vinaya Varma, managing director and chief executive officer at mjunction, said.

The outlook for imports, however, remains uncertain as it depends on the sustainability of operations and growth in consuming sectors in the coming months, Varma said.

Of total imports in September, non-coking coal's shipment was 11.97 MT against 11.81 MT in the year-ago period. Coking coal import increased to 4.58 MT compared with 3.54 MT in September last fiscal. In the first six months of the ongoing fiscal, however, India's coal import dropped to 95.30 MT from 125.35 MT a year ago, it said.

"For the April-September period, total coal and coke imports stood at 95.30 MT, about 23.97% lower than 125.35 MT imported during April-September last fiscal," the data showed.

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