CIL places Rs 2,900 crore equipment order on Belaz

14 September 2020

Coal India Limited (CIL) has placed a Rs 2,900 crore order for the purchase of 96 dumpers of 240-tonne capacity on Belarus-based mining equipment manufacturer Belaz. 

The amount for the purchase of the dumpers would be met out of the company’s finances. Dumpers are primarily used in opencast mines and aid in the transport of bulk materials like overburden, which is an important performance criterion. The Maharatna company’s board has given its nod to close the deal and letter of award has been issued, a senior company executive said.

The purchase package includes the cost of the dumpers and spares for eight years including one year warranty period. Belaz bagged the contract through a global tender process, it said.

The first batch of six dumpers would start rolling in within eight months of the signing of the contract. Thereafter, on CIL’s green signal of their performance the remaining quantity would be delivered in batches of four every month.

“This move is in line with improving our production and productivity in opencast mines,” he said. These 96 dumpers would be deployed in South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) taking the total tally of the subsidiary's 240-tonne dumpers to 162, with 66 previously in operation.

Of the 96 dumpers, 84 would be put into operation in the Gevra project and the remaining 12 in Kusmunda. Both are mega opencast projects of SECL.

CIL earlier procured 77 dumpers of 150-tonne capacity from Belaz for the Gevra project. CIL has also ordered 190-tonne capacity dumpers numbering 102 from Caterpillar. While NCL projects account for 84 of these 102, the rest 18 are deployed in the Rajmahal project of Eastern Coalfields Limited.