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14 global consultants show interest in modernising Coal India mines

NEW DELHI: The government today said 14 global consultancy firms have responded to the expression of interest floated for technology development and modernisation of Coal IndiaBSE 0.24 % Ltd (CIL) mines.

"Altogether, 14 international consultancy firms/ organisations having experience in consultancy services for coal mining activities have responded. Examination of these responses has not been completed,"
Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply toLok Sabha.

"An expression of interest (EoI) was floated...for inviting proposals from international consultancy firms/ organisations for technology development and modernisation of mines of CIL," the minister said.

He added that a panel has been set up to look into the issues for technology up-gradation and modernisation of CIL through hiring of international consultants.

Coal Ministry had earlier said that CIL has proposed to "invite EoI...to address the issues for technology development and modernisation".

Besides, the 
consultant would assess the requirements of technology and infrastructure development for mine planning and design and construction with regard to projected coal production plans for 12th, 13th and 14th Five Year Plans, the Coal Ministry had said.

The projected coal demand in 2016-17, the terminal year of the 12 Plan, is about 980 million tonnes (MT) and the envisaged production to meet the projected demand is 795 MT, leaving a gap of 185 MT.

CIL, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, missed its production target of 464 MT in the last fiscal and produced 452 MT of coal.