State-owned CIL on Monday said its e-auction sales registered a growth of 52.5 percent at 21.5 million tonne (MT) in the first two months of the ongoing fiscal year. CIL’s total allocated quantity under the five auction windows was at 14.1 MT in April-May 2019-20, the coal behemoth said in a statement.
”Coal India’s (CIL) e-auction sales are beginning to look up as the company posted 52.5 percent growth, in auction bookings, during the first two months of the ongoing fiscal,” the statement said. The company’s total allocated quantity this fiscal year till May 2021 moved up to 21.5 MT, under the five auction windows, it added.
With the demand for coal gathering steam, CIL could garner 16 percent add-on over the notified price during April-May compared to seven percent of the same period last financial year. To encourage coal consumers to lift additional coal quantities, the reserve price under all e-auction windows was kept at par with the notified price during the first six months of the last fiscal year.
The upward trend in the allocation was primarily driven by the non-power sector which evincing a healthy appetite for the dry fuel accounted for 50 percent of the total booked quantity of 21.5 MT. Under ’exclusive auction for non-power’, this sector booked 10.8 MT during the period under review, posting 77 percent growth against 6.1 MT in the year-ago period.
E-auction booking by power sector consumers also logged a robust 49 percent growth at 6.1 MT under ’special forward auction’ meant exclusively for them. Allocation during April-May last fiscal year was 4.1 MT. ”Though there is a revival in supplies to power sector, our concern is that there is still a bit of vacillation in the demand. We hope it stabilises soon,” the company said.
Auction allocation under ’spot auction’ window where all coal consumers including coal traders could participate, also clocked 35 percent growth ending May at 4.6 MT. CIL scripted an all-time high of 124 MT in e-auction sales in 2020-21 posting 88 percent growth over the preceding year.
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”Hopefully, if the demand regains stability we aim to surpass the last year’s mark with increased add-on over the notified price without letdown on supply commitment to power sector and non-power sector,” the company said.