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Indian coal consumption is expected to be buoyant in order to reach the domestic electricity demand

15 Jun 2017

Indian coal consumption is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8%, to reach 1.4Bnt in 2021

Indian coal consumption is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8%, to reach 1.4Bnt in 2021, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Coal is a primary source of power generation in India and is the backbone of the ?domestic energy mix. The country had 189GW of installed coal-fired electricity generation capacity, accounting for 60% of the country’s total installed electricity generation capacity (314.6GW) as of January 2017. Nearly 70–75% of the country’s electricity is generated from coal-fired power plants.

During the FY2015-16, NTPC - the largest producer of electricity in India, installed 1,855MW of additional coal-fired power capacity accounting for 82.3% of the company’s total newly installed electricity generation capacity during the period. In addition, there are 16 coal-fired power plants currently under development by the NTPC with combined generation capacity of 22.4GW. Reliance Power Ltd also plans to develop two coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 7,920MW which also includes a 3,960MW of Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP), through its subsidiaries Chitrangi Power Private Ltd (CPPL) and Coastal Andhra Power Limited (CAPL).

Indian government has planned to add 70GW of new installed coal-fired electricity generation capacity by 2017 and by 2020 India is expected to generate 964TWh of electricity alone from coal-fired power plants.a

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