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Tata eyes SA coal resources

Coal “’ India eyes South
African resources
Nusa Dua, Indonesia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 02 June 2010 – India’s Tata Power Company Limited “’ the country’s largest private-sector utility, “’ is looking for coal resources in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia, according to a senior company official.

Speaking at the Coaltrans conference here, company head of projects J.K Niyogi identified Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Mongolia as the coal boom countries of the future.

He added thatTata Power forecast that coal imports would surge to 22Mtpa by 2014, from last year’s 5Mt. India’s coal imports would grow 14% annually from 45 million tonnes in 2009 to 72 million in 2011.

Tata revealed previously that its trading unit was looking to help arrange coal supplies from Africa, Australia, and Indonesia for small power producers amid a growing shortage of the resource in India.