Indian power generators imported 4.64 million tonnes of thermal coal in October, up 14.99% from the preceding month, marking the second consecutive monthly increase, showed the latest data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
The imports, however, were still 23% lower compared with the year-ago level, data showed.
About 3.59 million tonnes of imported coal were directly used for power generation and 1.04 million tonnes were blended with domestic coal.
Among those directly burnt to generate power, 148,600 tonnes were imported by one state-owned power utility and 3.45 million tonnes by nine private power producers. Among those blended with domestic coal, 46,300 tonnes were imported by one state-owned power utilities and 994,800 tonnes by four private generators.
In October, 54 power generators did not import any coal.
Adani Group's Mundra ultra-large power plant was the biggest thermal coal importer in the month, with imports reaching 1.68 million tonnes. Tata Power's Mundra power plant ranked second, which imported 878,500 tonnes of thermal coal, data showed.
In the first seven months of fiscal year 2020-21 (April-October), Indian power companies imported a total of 26.79 million tonnes of thermal coal, sliding 32.93% from the corresponding period last year.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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