Lignite production went up during the month of November, 2007

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New Delhi, Jan 3 (UNI) The actual coal production in the country has marginally declined by 0.46 Million Tonnes (MT) to 36.61 MT during the month of November, 2007 as against the targeted production of 37.07 MT.

Despite failure in acheiving the targeted production leve, the production of coal was higher when compared to the corresponding month of the previuous year which was placed at 34.08 MT.

According to data available from the Ministry of Coal, the coal despatches during the month was placed at 26.56 MT.

During the month the Government has approved the allocation of 15 coal blocks towards captive mining for the power sector. Apart from this, six coal blocks were allocated to individual allocatees.

During the month under review, Tamilnadu based Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) produced 14.47 MT as against the actual production of 13.01 MT attained during the same month in the previous year.

The company removed higher Overburden at 101.16 MT as against the corresponding period's level of 86.62 MT attained in the previous year.

In the power generation front, NLC generated 1084.06 Million Units (MU) of power as against 1035.03 attained during the corresponding month of the previous year.

Power export was also higher at 897.88 MU as against 860.79 MU acheived in the same month in last year.

At the end of November 22, 2007 the total outstanding dues to the coal companies and NLC stood at Rs 2217.24 crores up from Rs 2016.17 crores upto October 31, 2007. The undispuited dues accounted for Rs 1200.38 crores out of the total outstanding.

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