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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.