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New Delhi β€” Indian power utilities imported 56.41 million mt of steam coal in fiscal year 2017-2018 (April-March), down 13% on the year, according to the latest data by India's Central Electricity Authority released Thursday.

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Of the total, 17.04 million mt was imported by 21 utilities for blending purpose, while 39.37 million mt was imported by 11 utilities that use only imported coal for their power plants, the data showed.

Out of 17.04 million mt, around 3.96 million mt was imported by six state-run utilities for their power stations to blend with domestic coal and the balance 13.08 million mt was imported by 15 private power producers for blending purpose.

As many as 25 utilities did not import any coal during the year.

Tata's Mundra ultra mega power plant imported the highest quantity of thermal coal in the last fiscal year at 11.14 million mt, followed by Adani Power at 10.96 million mt and JSW Energy at 3.96 million mt.

On a monthly basis, March imports were at 4.39 million mt, down 2% from the year-ago period.

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