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Steel industry seeks govt intervention to ensure availability of 161 MT coking coal

The domestic steel industry has sought a roadmap to ensure 161 million tonnes of coking coal is available for scaling up the country's annual steel-making capacity to 300 million tonnes by 2030.

Coking coal and iron ore are the two key raw materials used for manufacturing steel through the blast furnace route. While iron ore is available domestically, the industry is dependent on imports for coking coal.

At the sixth meeting of the Advisory Group for Integrated Steel Plants (ISP), a presentation on the roadmap to ensure the availability of 161 million tonnes of coking coal for the future expansion of the steel industry to 300 million tonnes capacity as per NSP 2017 was made by Indian Steel Association (ISA), sources said.

The presentation was made to Union Minister for Steel Jyotiraditya Scindia and other senior officials of the ministry.

It was agreed upon that a future course of action may be charted for exploring the possibility of expanding the sources of coking coal, especially from Russia, Mongolia, Canada, and the USA, the sources said.

The minister has asked Indian Steel Association (ISA) to come up with a medium-term and a long-term strategy to utilize the low-grade iron ore available in the country.

On the issue of steel imports, Indian Steel Association (ISA) has been advised by the minister to provide a note on the surge in imports and suggest measures to curtail the same, the sources said.

According to industry data, imports of finished steel rose 21 percent to 4.77 million tonnes in 2022 from 3.94 million tonnes in 2021.