The government wants to build digital infrastructure and introduce new technologies to help current and future coal mining operations. The move is aimed at reducing the import of dry fuel.
“The goal is to implement new technologies and build digital infrastructure to support current and future mine ramp-up,” according to the government’s draft technology roadmap for the coal sector.
The roadmap also includes multi-speed backbone information technology and an infrastructure system that enables rapid implementation of new technologies.
“Creating such a system requires access to new-age ecosystems (such as start-ups, established suppliers and research institutes). The technological transformation will also involve the creation of a new culture in the organization,” it said.
In order to reduce its dependence on imports, it is critical for Coal India Ltd (CIL) to reach the target of one billion tons and embark on a technological transformation journey.
New technologies can have a number of implications for mining operations, including safety and productivity, environmental protection and opportunities for women.
Safer working conditions through improved underground communications, automation, more advanced mineral and metal transportation and emergency measures will be achieved by integrating technology into mining projects, the roadmap said.
“The scope of this roadmap is to enable technology in coal mines for transformation in the business value chain, using ‘digital technology’ as an accelerator for demonstrating performance improvement from the coal mines and increasing productivity, safety and sustainability while. .. impact by upgrading conventional technologies to new technologies,” the plan summarized.
India has a total coal reserve of 344.02 billion tons. Commercial primary energy consumption in India has increased to 700 percent over the past four decades. Important factors for the increase in energy demand are the growing economy, the increasing population and the improvement in the quality of life.
However, due to high demand and poor average quality, the country has to import higher quality coal mainly to meet the demands of its steel mills, cement plants, and sponge iron plants, among others.