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Pithead-based thermal projects must be planned by coal PSUs: Coal Secretary Meena

<p>According to a senior government source, the coal ministry has requested that Coal India Ltd and NLC India Ltd pursue pithead-based thermal projects in an effort to lower transportation costs and increase dry fuel supply.</p>
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<p>According to Coal Secretary Amrit Lal Meena, all new thermal projects of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and NLC India Ltd are slated to be built close to the coal mines.</p>
<p>This would lessen reliance on transportation, which is mostly done by rail and road, and make coal available for use in the production of electricity, he said in response to a query on new coal PSU projects.</p>
<p>Among the advantages of a pithead-based unit, he listed the reduction in power generation and logistical costs.</p>
<p>According to Meena, Coal India and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (RUVNL) have inked a joint venture deal to establish a 4,100 megawatt power producing capacity in Rajasthan.</p>
<p>He said that the remaining 1,725 MW will come from solar power, 200 MW from pumped storage, 50 MW from wind, and pithead-based capacity.<br />
According to him, initial agreements have also been made by NLC and RUVNL, two more coal PSUs, to establish 1,125 MW of power projects in Rajasthan.</p>
<p>Out of this, a 1,000 MW solar power plant will power the other 125 MW lignite-based power plant.</p>
<p>According to Meena, CIL is also looking at thermal projects in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He said that CIL and the government are in discussions to establish a joint venture in order to go on with the state’s plans to establish thermal capacity.</p>
<p>According to the secretary, the state government in Bihar has provided CIL around 1,000 acres and proposed that it build a 2,400 MW thermal plant. “Most of the projects will be pithead-based,” she said. According to Meena, a CIL team is working on a feasibility assessment on the idea. In addition to their primary business of generating coal, CIL and NLC have expanded into the production of thermal, solar, and wind energy.</p>

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