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India looks to replace up to 135 mil mt of coal imports

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 9, 2020
India's domestic coal sector continues to undergo reform as the country looks to meet its growing energy demand with thermal coal, while simultaneously replacing imports with domestic production, union ministers said yesterday.
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Speaking at a cabinet briefing, minister for coal and mines Pralhad Joshi discussed state-owned producer Coal India's ambitious production targets as well as the recent move to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country's coal blocks a first for the country.

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Joshi described the act as a "historic decision" which would "ramp up coal production and drastically reduce the coal imports over time."

India's plans for its coal industry is to reduce the dependence in imports, Joshi said of the 235 million mt of coal, of which only 100 million mt was "non-substitutable."