India importing less coal, but better coal

Last Modified: Sat Sep 03 2016 11:09:21 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 19.05 %
    drop in coal imported for coal-fired power plants in the the first five months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, according to vessel-tracking data compiled by Thomson Reuters. Total imports (for coal plants only) from Jan-May 2016 stood at 69.28 million tonnes.
  • 4
    countries from where India imports coal used for its coal-fired power plants: Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and Colombia. India also imports a lot of coal from Australia but that mainly coking coal used for steel-making.
  • 20%
    decrease in coal imports from Indonesia which has the least caloric value at 4,500 kilocalories per kilogram (kcal/kg). 36.72 million tonnes imported from Jan-May 2016 compared to 46.9 million tonnes shipped in the first five months of 2015.
  • 26%
    increase in coal imported from South Africa which has the highest calorific value of 6,000 kcal/kg. 16.58 million tonnes was imported from Jan-May 2016 compared to 20.89 million tonnes during the same period last year.
  • 24%
    increase in coal imported from Russia which has calorific value of 5,600 kcal/kg. 1.8 million tonnes imported from Jan-May 2016 compared to 1.45 million tonnes during the same period in 2015.
  • 2032%
    increase in coal imported from Columbia in the first five months - shot up from 46,000 tonnes to 981,000 tonnes. Its calorific value is 5,600 kcal/kg - same as Russia.