Indian coal production declined sharply to 47.7m tonnes in April, down 38.1% m-o-m and down 1.9% y-o-y. This is the lowest level since last September when the output decreased to 42.4m tonnes. India’s top state-owned producer, Coal India, produced 38.4m tonnes, down 41.8% m-o-m and down 4.1% y-o-y. Also state ownded SCCL reported coal output at 4.5m tonnes, down 37.5% m-o-m and only 0.9% higher y-o-y. On the other hand, coal production by smaller independent coal miners increased to 4.8m tonnes, up 19.3% m-o-m and up 17.5% y-o-y.
Indian coal output increased to 253.9m tonnes over the first 4 months of the year, up 13.2m tonnes or 5.5% y-o-y. Coal India increased its output despite the fall in April production to 214.8m tonnes, up 11.7m tonnes or 5.7% y-o-y. SCCL production also increased to 23.4m tonnes, up 1.8m tonnes or 8.5% y-o-y. Whereas, coal output by independent miners declined by 260KT to 16m tonnes, down 41.6% y-o-y. This is because of lower than usual output in January at only 3.3m tonnes (down 22.7% y-o-y).