Of the total, 1.71 million tonnes of thermal coal were imported for blending purpose; while 3.12 million tonnes were imported by utilities which use only imported coal for their power plants.
Out of the 1.71 million tonnes, around 166,000 tonnes was imported by four state-run utilities for their power stations to blend with domestic coal and the rest by twelve private power producers for blending, the data showed.
Of the 3.12 million tonnes imported for power plants only using imported coal, 97,000 tonnes was imported by one state-run utility while 3.03 million tonnes were imported by eight private sector power utilities.
In December, 33 power utilities didn't import any coal.
Data showed that Adani Power imported the highest of 962,000 tonnes, followed by Tata's Mundra ultra mega power project at 869,000 tonnes.
Utilities imported 65.12 million tonnes of thermal coal in fiscal year 2016-17 (ended March 31), down 19% year on year.
(Writing by William Gao Editing by Jessie Jia)
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