Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) on 28 June 2016 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal Supplying companies and Power Utilities for quality analysis of coal being supplied to power utilities by coal companies. The CSIR-CIMFR would make use of its knowledge base support in maintaining the qualityof coal at national level for the entire power sector.
• It is estimated that about 300 million metric tons of coal samples would be analyzed for quality per year.
• The contract value of the project is around 250 crore rupees per annum at minimum.
• It is also expected that this project will result in improvement in performance of power plants besides leveraging benefits to the consumer in particular and society as a whole.
• The endeavour would help the nation in sustainable energy supply and security planning for future as it may reduce import of thermal coal.