Coal Minister inaugurates new coal washery of BCCL
Coal Minister, Prahlad Joshi on Thursday evening inaugurated the newly established New Madhuban Coal Washery of BCCL through online mode from New Delhi in presence of senior officials of Coal India Limited, including its chairman, Pramod Agarwal; Director personnel, Vinay Ranjan besides the BCCL officials led by its CMD Samiran Dutta.
Addressing the local officers of BCCL at Madhuban through video conferencing, Joshi said that the new washery will help BCCL to supply processed coal to the steel industry as per the increasing demand.
Samiran Dutta, BCCL CMD who was also present during the occasion said “the processed coal production of BCCL will increase after the launching of new washery at Madhuban and said that the plant will produce 15000 tonnes of coal per day”.
Notably, the new washery having an established capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum was laid by Heavy Engineering Corporation and is based on latest technology meant to produce high grade washed coal.
The washery came up as per comprehensive plan of BCCL to produce greater amount of processed or washed coal to cater to the demands of steel industry and other relevant industries by establishing altogether nine new washeries at
All this, as BCCL which at present produces around 1.2 million tonnes of washed coal per annum and has targeted to increase the washed coal production to around 3 million tonnes per annum.
Notably, BCCL at present has washeries at Bhojudih, Patherdih, Moonidih, Sudamdih, Mohuda and Madhuban through which washed coal is supplied to various steel industries like Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL), Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP), Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), Indian Iron and Steel Company (IISCO) Burnpur; Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) and Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL).
Washing of coal is carried out by the coal companies on basis of specific gravity of coal and impurities as per which impurities like shale, sand and stone are removed and relatively pure and marketable coal is produced without changing it’s basic property.